The Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act
The STOP Act

 

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco, San Mateo) introduced legislation on November 16, 2011 to dramatically reform how sexual assaults and rape in the military are treated (download bill summary.) Speier stated, “For too long the military’s response to rape victims has been: ‘take an aspirin and go to bed.’ We owe our brave women and men in the military a justice system that protects them, not punishes them when they become victims of sexual assaults and rape committed by other service members.”

“To end this needless injustice, I am proposing a legislative remedy and fully endorsing the website, Protect Our Defenders, which will provide the grass roots mechanics required to make our military leaders and Congress understand that what has been going on before their very eyes for decades is unconscionable and must be stopped. We owe our brave women and men in the military a justice process that protects them, not punishes them when they become victims of sexual assaults and rape.”

 

 

 

To visit the web site of Protect Our Defenders, click here.

And consider signing their petition demanding that Congress create a NEW method for reporting sexual assault in the military.

 

Congresswoman Speier has made over a dozen speeches to Congress on the topic of rape and sexual assault in the military, to view them on her web site, click here. Or view the videos on usmvaw.com, here.

Helen Benedict has written a piece on the STOP Act and why it matters at the Ms. Blog. To read it, click here.

 

For a look at the media reports on The Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act — the  STOP Act, click the links below:

Sexual Assault in the Military: New Legislation Seeks to Alter Reporting Process,  ABC News,  November 17, 2011

Lawmaker Wants Military Rape Cases Shifted to New Office, Miami Herald, November 18, 2011

A Crisis in Our Military, Rep. Jackie Speier, Huffington Post,  November 17. 2011

Legislation Aims to Remove Rape Accusations from Military ‘Chain of Command,’   The Daily Caller,   November 18, 2011

Rep. Speier Wants New Office to Investigate Military Sexual Assaults, The Hill, November 17, 2011

Democrat Jackie Speier Introduces Military Rape Bill,  89.3 KPPC,   November 17, 2011

Helen Benedict on the Private Wars of Military Women

 

“Award winning author and journalist, Helen Benedict, who testified twice before Congress regarding the issues of women in the military, is interviewed by Cindy Piester of Pulse TV and Maverick Media. Topics include, The Lonely Soldier, military sexual trauma, rape, and the new class action law suit against the Pentagon, Donald Rumsfeld, and Robert Gates.”

 

 

Learn more about Maverick Media at the links below:

Maverick Media on Vimeo           Maverick Media Blog

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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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.