The Enemy Within:
Sexual Assault in the US Military
Melissa Harris-Perry (msnbc)
On April 22nd msnbc’s Melissa Harris-Perry, welcomed msnbc contributor, Attorney Raul Reyes, former Marine Officer Ariana Klay, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier to discuss sexual assault, military culture and the response of the chain of command to reports of violence against service members.
To watch the segment on Melissa Harris-Perry, click the link below:
Military Sexual Assault Litigation News Conference
Burke PLLC C-Span
March 6, 2012
A news conference was held to announce the filing of a military sexual assault lawsuit (Civil Action 12-0350) with the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. The case involves eight current and former members of the U.S. military who allege they were raped, assaulted, or harassed during their service. The lawsuit accuses the military of having a high tolerance for sexual predators in their ranks and discourages victims of sexual assault from coming forward.
To view the Military Sexual Assault Litigation news conference from the C-SPAN video library, click here. [C-Span Program ID 304776-1]
Susan Burke, Lead counsel for veterans, Burke PLLC
Two former U.S. Marine Corps officer survivors
Linda Hallman, Executive Director and CEO American Association of University Women
Col. Ann Wright (Ret.), U.S. Army
Nancy Parrish, President, Protect Our Defenders
Anu Bhagwati, Executive Director, Service Women’s Action Network; Former Marine Corps Captain
Panetta, Gates, Rumsfeld Face New Suit Over U.S. Military Rape ‘Epidemic’
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the U.S. military’s top brass are accused of refusing to take action on sexual assault in the ranks and ignoring congressional mandates.
Jesse Ellison The Daily Beast
March 6, 2012
Ariana Klay’s assignment to Marine Barracks Washington should have been the cherry on top of an already illustrious military and academic career. A National Merit scholar and superstar athlete, Klay was recruited by the Naval Academy, becoming the first member of her family to attend college. After a stint at Camp Pendleton, she served an eight-month tour in Iraq before being tapped for the prestigious base.
But shortly after her arrival, she tells The Daily Beast, the base chaplain took her aside and warned her to be careful. Within days, she says, junior Marines were calling her “slut” and “whore.” In December 2009, four months after her arrival, Klay formally requested deployment to Afghanistan. The request was denied—as were three subsequent ones. Seven months later, she says, a senior Marine officer and his friend came into her home, a block from the base, and gang-raped her. But that was just the beginning of Klay’s ordeal: because of the retaliation she says she was subjected to after reporting the rape, she fell into a deep depression, and last March she attempted suicide.
To read the full article at The Daily Beast, click here.
Look at the links below for more information about the documentary, The Invisible War:
Lawsuit Claims Rape, Misconduct at D.C. Marine Barracks
Michael Isikoff Today.com March 6, 2012
Eight current and former U.S. service members are today accusing U.S. military officials of tolerating a “staggering” level of sexual assaults within their ranks in a lawsuit that focuses in part on events at one of the most prestigious Marine Corps bases in the country — the U.S. Marine Barracks in Washington D.C.
The lawsuit includes graphic charges by two former Marine Corps officers: One, Ariana Klay, a Naval Academy graduate and Iraq war veteran, charges she was gang-raped at the Barracks in Aug. 2010. Elle Helmer, the former Barracks public information officer, says she was raped by a superior officer at the Barracks in March 2006.
To read and view the reporting at Today.com, click here.
To read more about this issue at The Invisible War web site, including information about the lawsuit filed today by attorney Susan Burke , click here.
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