Army Col Robert Saum

Army Col. Robert Saum Photo: U.S. Department of Defense

DOD Says Brain Injury Office Chief is Reassigned

Anne Flaherty and Richard Lardner
The Associated Press
September 23, 2010

The Army officer in charge of overseeing treatment for troops suffering from brain injuries and psychological trauma has been reassigned until an internal investigation into his management of the office is completed, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday.

Col. Robert Saum is being replaced as acting director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the official said. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Saum has been accused by an office employee of unwanted sexual advances and creating a hostile workplace. The Pentagon inspector general is investigating.

To read the full story from the Associated Press, click here.

For additional information on this story, refer to the links below:

Pentagon Investigating Director of Psychological Centers of Excellence nextgov, September 22, 2010

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
Online Inbox Goes Live

 

Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
May 5, 2010

A new online inbox that enables servicemembers and their families to comment anonymously about the impact of a possible repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law has gone live.

The inbox will enable servicemembers and families to offer their thoughts about how a repeal of the law that prohibits gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military might affect military readiness, military effectiveness and unit cohesion, recruiting and retention, and family readiness, a defense official explained.

To read the full press release on the defense.gov web site, click here.

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Additional information on this story can be found at the links below:

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Online Suggestion Inbox Goes Live  RealMilitaryNetwork.com,  May 6, 2010

DADT Online Inbox – For military service members and their families only   US Air Force

Sex Assault Reports Rise in Military

 

Elisabeth Bumiller
The New York Times
March 16, 2010

The Department of Defense released an annual report on Tuesday showing an 11 percent increase in reports of sexual assault in the military over the past year, including a 16 percent increase in reported assaults occurring in combat areas, principally Iraq and Afghanistan.

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

To read the Department of Defense Report – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, 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.

Amendment Passes in Senate!!!

 

Senate Amendment 2588 that will prohibit defense contractors from requiring arbitration in cases of rape or sexual harassment PASSED the Senate by a vote of 68-30.

To read the complete story about this amendment on the Stop Family Violence web site, click here.

UPDATE: To read more about the THIRTY Senators who voted to defend U.S. contractor rape and sexual harassment, follow the story links below.

Alternet.org 30 GOP Senators

Minnpost.com Senate passes Franken amendment aimed at defense contractors