CNN reports: Amid congressional and legal pressure on the Pentagon to fight harder against sexual assault in the ranks, the Defense Department signaled Friday that changes are on the way. Read the full article.
The Daily Caller reports: The U.S. military already knows thousands of cases of sexual assault go unreported each year in the ranks. But more victims would come forward, California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier said, if soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines could report... Read More
San Francisco Chronicle reports: Women in the military are more likely to be raped by a service member than killed by the enemy – a disturbing fact reported by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, earlier this year. What’s worse is that the military... Read More
Rep Speier @ The Huffington Post writes: Less than three percent of rape and sexual assault cases in our military result in punishment. The vast majority of service members who sexually assault other service members end up going free, in fact, the... Read More
Ms Magazine reports: Yesterday Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced legislation to strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault in the military. The bill would transfer “the reporting, oversight, investigation, and victim care of sexual assaults out of the hands of the normal... Read More
LezGetReal.com reports: Representative Jackie Speier has introduced legislation that is aimed at mitigating or even ending the conflict of interest issues relating to sexual assault investigation in the military. The bill already has 44 cosponsors. SWAN representatives traveled to Washington DC for... Read More
Southern California Public Radio reports: A California congresswoman has launched a campaign to combat military rapes. Democrat Jackie Speier has been making weekly speeches on the House floor, telling the stories of rape victims in the military. Now she’s introduced a bill... Read More
ABC News reports: Terri Odam, like so many military personnel, suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The difference, hers was not onset from a missile strike, or air raid, but instead from the rape she endured at the hands of her... Read More
San Jose Mercury News reports: Diana Coontz was 17 when she enlisted in the Air Force in May 1979, and the petite brunette immediately became the focus of unwanted male attention during basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Read... Read More
McClatchy reports: A Northern California congresswoman is deploying a mix of old and new political techniques in an aggressive effort to change how the military handles sex crimes. Read the full article.
El Paso Times reports: A Fort Bliss officer with nearly 40 years of service that included parachuting into combat zones and surviving roadside bomb explosions will spend three months in military prison after he was convicted of sexual harassment, assault and other... Read More
San Francisco Chronicle reports: Women in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by fellow soldiers than killed by enemy fire. I know what you’re thinking – it sounds too unbelievable to be true. But it’s not. Read the full... Read More
The Daily Mail reports: Some soldiers keep silent about male-on-male sexual assault because they don’t want anyone to know, don’t think anything will be done or are afraid of retaliation. But nearly 50,000 male veterans screened positive for ‘military sexual trauma’ at... Read More
The Military Times reports: Military sexual assault victims applying for or renewing security clearances must report any counseling received for sexual trauma, revealing intimate details to background investigators — and risking their clearance status as a result of their answers. Read the... Read More
The Daily Beast reports: When men in the military rape other men in the ranks, no one wants to talk about it. Why the sexual assault of males in the service is finally being confronted. Read the full report.
The Week reports: This week, 17 veterans and active-duty service members filed a landmark lawsuit accusing the Pentagon of looking the other way despite frequent reports of rape and other abuse against women in the armed forces. The suit singles out Defense... Read More
TIME Magazine reports: What does it tell us that female soldiers deployed overseas stop drinking water after 7 p.m. to reduce the odds of being raped if they have to use the bathroom at night? Or that a soldier who was assaulted... Read More
American News Project reports: Congress takes on the Department of Defense in the first oversight hearing held this year by the subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs on sexual assault in the military. Some House members are accusing the DOD of... Read More
PBS reports: There are more women serving in the military than ever before, and they’re in danger—but not just from combat. Last year, nearly 1,400 women reported being assaulted and raped by their fellow soldiers, in some cases by their commanding officers.... Read More