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.

 

Additional reporting on this issue:

Rape in the Military Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court Today

Service Members Suing US Military for Sexual Assaults

8 Women Allege Rape, Harassment in Military Suit

(Thanks to the Military Rape Crisis Center for compiling reporting on this issue)

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Fox News’ Liz Trotta Doubles Down On Statements About Rape In The Military

 

Rebecca Shapiro
The Huffington Post
February 21, 2012

Fox News pundit Liz Trotta responded to the barrage of criticism that was unleashed after she made a series incendiary statements regarding rape in the military.

Trotta appeared on Fox News on Sunday. Fox News host Eric Shawn said Trotta “indicated that women who put their lives on the line for their country in close proximity to men are courting sexual assault. Some people understood [Trotta] to be saying that because of this, they are less deserving of protection from violent crime from their male counterparts, particularly because [she] criticize[s] the Pentagon’s sex abuse programs that are put in place to protect them.”

 

To read the full post at The Huffington Post, click here.

To view the Protect Our Defenders petition asking Fox News to fire Liz Trotta, click here.

Fox News’ Liz Trotta On Women Raped In Military:

 

‘What Did They Expect? These People Are In Close Contact’

 

Huffington Post
February 13, 2012

Fox News pundit Liz Trotta made a series of incendiary statements about rape in the military during a Sunday appearance on the network.

Trotta was reacting to news that the military will allow women to work closer to the front lines. Speaking to Fox News host Eric Shawn, she alleged that feminists wanted “to be warriors and victims at the same time.”

To watch and read the full story at the Huffington Post, click here.

 

Additional Reporting on Women Serving Closer to the Front Lines:

Military Women To Serve Closer To Front Lines, According To Pentagon Report

‘Men get emotional seeing women in harm’s way’: Santorum claims more female soldiers on front-line could compromise missions

Foreign Policy: Women On The Front Lines

Women In Combat: Inevitable?