August 2009

Three Bragg Soldiers Indicted in Two Deaths


The Army Times
An Associated Press Report
August 27, 2009

A North Carolina grand jury has indicted three Fort Bragg soldiers who police had previously charged with killing two female soldiers in separate attacks last year.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday that the first-degree murder indictments were issued after the grand jury heard testimony from Fayetteville police detectives who investigated the slayings.

To read the full story in the Army Times, click here.

Story courtesy of the H-NET List for Discussion of Women & the Military and Women in War <>

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US: Culture of Unpunished Sexual Assault in Military


By Dahr Jamail

April 30, 2009

Sexual assault of women serving in the U.S. military, while brought to light in recent reports, has a long tradition in that institution.

Women in America were first allowed into the military during the Revolutionary War in 1775, and their travails are as old.

Maricela Guzman served in the Navy from 1998 to 2002 as a computer technician on the island of Diego Garcia, and later in Naples, Italy. She was raped while in boot camp, but was too scared to talk about the assault for the rest of her time in the military.

In her own words she, “survived by becoming a workaholic. Fortunately or unfortunately the military took advantage of this, and I was much awarded as a soldier for my work ethic.”

To read the full article at IPS, click here.

US: Culture of Unpunished Sexual Assault in Military – IPS

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Court Martial for Captain on Rape Charges


The Associated Press
August 22, 2009

A Marine Corps captain will face a court-martial Feb. 8 in a rape case involving three University of San Diego students.

A judge set the date Wednesday for Capt. Douglas S. Wacker, who was charged with 11 criminal counts including rape, attempted rape and conduct unbecoming an officer.

To read the full story at The Marine Corps News, click here.

Subjects Wanted for Documentary on Military Sexual Assault

Katahdin Productions, a non-profit documentary film company, is making a film on the subject of rape in the U.S. Military. They are looking for women soldiers (currently serving or veterans) who have experienced military sexual assault and are willing to participate as subjects of the documentary.

If you are interested, please contact director Roberta Grossman at:

Light Punishment for Assault at Fort Lewis


By Sean Robinson
The News Tribune
August 23, 2009

Taylor Mack woke up choking.

She retched blood, spat out a tooth, and squinted through a fog of swollen pain. Her face was broken. She didn’t know it yet.

Slow recognition. Empty apartment, fast-food bag on the bedside table … Fort Lewis.

The barracks. Here with Andre, the night before … and he had wanted to, but she said no … and then something flying at her face a foot, a fist? She couldn’t remember, and Andre was gone.

It was 2:30 a.m. on June 19, 2007. Mack, then 20, was about to stumble into a Catch-22: a legal snafu, excused by the gods of procedure, footnoted with official sympathy.

Mack made one mistake. She got herself assaulted on military property by a soldier who wasn’t a soldier anymore, a man who slipped between the layers of military and federal authority.

To read the full story in the News Tribune, click here.

New Seattle Charity Aims to Help Military Sexual Trauma Victims


By Lindsay Toler
The Seattle Times
August 23, 2009

Pack Parachute provides financial assistance and advocacy for Washington State veterans who were raped while serving in the military. The new charity adds to Seattle’s tradition of being a resource for military sexual-trauma victims.

To read the full story in The Seattle Times, click here.

Contact information for Pack Parachute, is available on the USMVAW  Organizations page here.

With Its Record of Rape, Don’t Send the U.S. Military to the Congo

By Ann Wright
Huffington Post
August 21, 2009

On Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s August, 2009 trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), she announced $17 million in new funding in the U.S. Government’s contribution to international efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence in the DRC.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the coordinating agency for work on sexual violence in Congo, estimates that 200,000 women and girls have been the victims of sexual violence since 1998. In 2008, UNFPA recorded that nearly 16,000 women and girls had been raped in the Congo. 65 percent of the victims were children, mostly adolescent girls.

To read the full article at the Huffington Post, click here.

Women Soldiers Finally Get the Attention They Deserve?


By Helen Benedict
Huffington Post
August 19, 2009

Nearly six and a half years into the Iraq War, women soldiers are finally getting some attention in the mainstream press.

Last Sunday and Monday, August 16 and 17, the New York Times ran two front page articles on the subject: “G.I. Jane Breaks the Combat Barrier as War Evolves,” by Lizette Alvarez, and “Living and Fighting Alongside Men, and Fitting In” by Steven Lee Myers.

In fact, women have been fighting in combat in Iraq since the very first days of the war in 2003, and doing so in unprecedented numbers. By 2006, more female troops had been wounded or killed in the Iraq War alone than in all American wars put together since World War II.

Back in November 2006, I began several years of interviewing some 40 women in the Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy for my book, The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. What these women told me was shocking. Not only were they breaking the Pentagon’s ban against women in ground combat by serving as gunners, engaging in firefights, raiding houses, working checkpoints and fighting alongside the infantry under the guise of “combat support,” they were being sexually persecuted and abused at terrifying rates — by their fellow soldiers.

To read Helen Benedict’s full piece at the Huffington Post, click here.

Links to the New York Times articles can be found in the News Articles section on our United States page.

Helen Benedict: Women Soldiers Finally Get the Attention They Deserve?

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If you (or someone you know) has been the survivor of a sexual assault by a member of the U.S. military, you may be interested in reading the booklet entitled “Responding to Sexual Assault in the Military: A Resource Guide and Policy Overview.”

It provides information about the definitions of sexual assault, according to the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as the specific charges that can be filed for particular types of assault.  The booklet also outlines restricted and unrestricted reporting options; medical and legal options for survivors; what to expect during the reporting process in the civilian law-enforcement arena; what to expect of the criminal justice system; a list of resources for military and civilian survivors within the U.S. and on U.S. military bases overseas; and resources for civilians residing within the United States.

The booklet, as well as a book, For Love of Country: Confronting Rape and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military, are available from Sugati Publications at:

2 Killings Stoke Kashmiri Rage at Indian Force

New York Times
By Lydia Polgreen
Published: August 16, 2009

In Kashmir, the rapes and killings of two young women near the camps of Indian security forces have focused attention on their continuing presence.
To read the full story in the New York Times click here.

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