DOD says Zero Tolerance for Sexual Assault, but Keeps Limbaugh on Radio

 

Ann Wright
OpEdNews.com
March 11, 2012

On March 6, eight women in the military filed a lawsuit against Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta, Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld (and others) for their failure to provide a safe environment for women to serve in the US military without fear of being sexually assaulted or raped.

In their press conference announcing the lawsuit, two US Marine officers told of the lack of concern about the criminal conduct of fellow Marines by the leadership of the premier Marine base, the Marine Barracks in Washington, DC. The Marine Barracks provides the Marines who guard the President and the First Family at the White House and Camp David.

This is the second lawsuit filed in just over a year against the Department of Defense concerning sexual assault and rape in the military. The first lawsuit, filed February 15, 2011 and amended in September, 2011, was on behalf of 18 women and three men who had been raped by military personnel. That lawsuit was dismissed in federal court on December 9, 2011, for “failure to state a claim” as military personnel cannot sue the Department of Defense officials for “creating and fostering an atmosphere and environment” that led to the injuries suffered while serving, nor for “failure to punish those individuals guilty of committing these offenses.”

One in three women in the military is raped while in the military. Of the military personnel who reported being raped in 2010, 10% were men.

To read the full article at OpEdNews.com, click here.

Congress Told That DOD Data on Sexual Assault and Rape in Military Is ‘Lacking in Accuracy, Reliability and Validity’

 

Ann Wright
CommonDreams.org
February 15, 2010

A Department of Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military told a Congressional committee on February 3, 2010 that “DoD’s procedures for collecting and documenting data about military sexual assault incidents are lacking in accuracy, reliability, and validity.”

In what many see as the reality of the military institution investigating itself on the criminal acts of sexual assault and rape committed by its own personnel, the naming of Task Force members and the work of the Task Force was delayed for three years. Following a congressional request, in October, 2005, Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense authorized the DOD Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military, but DOD took three years to name the Task Force and for the Task Force to have its initial meeting in August, 2008.

To read Ann Wright’s full story at CommonDreams.org, click here.

Military Women: 1 in 3 are Raped

 

Colonel Ann Wright, (ret.)
Veterans for Peace
Pentagon of Peace – The Five for Truth – New Mexico Tour
October 11, 2009

Join Ann Wright  for a second one hour workshop filmed in Albuquerque New Mexico on October 11, 2009 as part of the Veterans of Peace, Pentagon of Peace event.

Ann discusses the realities behind the recent Veterans Administration report revealing that 1 in 3 women in the military are raped during their service. She brings her vast personal experience, compassion and strong sense of justice to the issue of women in the military.

Special thanks to Gregory W. Dugay for providing this video on Vimeo.com.

 

 

Workshop on “Military Women: One in Three are Raped”

 

Colonel Ann Wright, (ret.)
Veterans for Peace
Pentagon of Peace – The Five for Truth – New Mexico Tour
October 10, 2009

A workshop on Military Women and Rape was presented by Col. Ann Wright (ret.) on October 10, 2009 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This workshop was co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace, The Five for Peace Tour and the Santa Fe Rape Crisis and Trauma Treatment Center.

Special thanks to Gregory W. Dugay for making this video available on Vimeo.com.

Eve Ensler ~ Veterans for Peace Times Square Rally

 

Eve Ensler performs her poetry at the Veterans for Peace Rally in Times Square on October 13, 2009. Standing with Ms. Ensler are Staff Sgt. Sandra Lee, and Ann Wright.

 

Col. Ann Wright (ret.) speaking at the Veterans for Peace – Military Rape Awareness Action on October 13, 2009 at the military recruiting station at New York’s Times Square.

 

And here is the story of Staff Sgt. Sandra Lee told for the first time…

 

 

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Ex-envoy Warns Against US Plan for Guam

 

By Jude Lizama
Marianas Variety
July 22, 2009

A former U.S. diplomat turned peace activist advised Guam residents to be wary of the American government’s military buildup plan for the island.

“We need to be looking very carefully at what our federal government does to us,”  said Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army colonel who spoke to a small crowd on the implications of the relocation of 8,000 U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam during a presentation held Monday night at the University of Guam.

“While we all want to be safe and secure in the world, sometimes our federal government uses this issue of national security to do things to us that we normally wouldn’t put up with,” she added.

Wright accompanied members of the Code Pink Japan, a peace activist group, who visited Guam to discuss the impact of the military buildup with local activists. The group left Guam yesterday.

To read the full story in the Marianas Variety, click here.

Is There an Army Cover Up of Rape and Murder of Women Soldiers? 


by Ann Wright
CommonDreams.org  
April 28, 2008

 

The Department of Defense statistics are alarming — one in three women who join the US military will be sexually assaulted or raped by men in the military. The warnings to women should begin above the doors of the military recruiting stations, as that is where assaults on women in the military begins — before they are even recruited.

MARCH 5 TO 22
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY – NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
“THE LONELY SOLDIER MONOLOGUES (WOMEN AT WAR IN IRAQ)”

COMPLETE INFO AVAILABLE AT http://www.lonelysoldierplay.com

William Electric Black will direct “The Lonely Soldier Monologues (Women at War In Iraq)” by Helen Benedict, author of “The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq” (Beacon Press, April 2009). It contains monologues of seven soldiers which were gathered through interviews and correspondence for the book.

Ms. Benedict’s book is an intimate, unflinching, and sometimes disturbing portrait of women in today’s military. Audiences will have the thrilling experience of being face-to-face with the characters, adding the immediacy of theater to what is already a rich literary experience.

The actors are Allison Troesch, Athena Colon, Cara Liander, Julia A. Grob, Kim Weston-Moran, Macah Coates and Verna Hampton. Set and lighting design are by Federico Restrepo. Costume design is by Tilly Grimes. Production Coordinator/Manager is Chriz Zaborowski. Sound Design/Drums are by Jim Mussen. Choreography is by Jeremy Lardieri.

Interview from February 11, 2009  — Retired US army colonel Ann Wright talks about her recent trip to Gaza. Throughout Israel’s intensive war in Gaza, reporters and international observers have been barred from entering the region. Wright says that the damage is extensive and Israel’s disproportionate response “criminal.” During her visit to Egypt and Gaza, Philip Rizk, a 26 year old student of Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Cairo was detained after participating in a rally in support of Gazans. Rizk has been an outspoken critic of the Israeli invasion and of the Egyptian government’s feeble response to the suffering of Palestinian civilians. His whereabouts remain unknown and no formal charges have been issued. A demonstration in support of his release will take place on Wednesday, February 11 at 11:30 in front of the Egyptian Consulate in New York.