Military Rape Speech 17 by Congresswoman Jackie Speier

 

 

Madame Speaker — I rise again to highlight the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military.

This is the 17th time I’ve stood on the House floor to tell the story of a brave member of the U.S. military who was raped or sexually assaulted by a fellow service member.

Today I will tell you the story of Elle Helmer who served at the prestigious Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. at 8th and I from 2005-2006. The Marines who serve here in Washington are known throughout the military as the tip of the sword. They perform ceremonial roles and participate in the silent drill platoon.

You will notice that Elle’s story follows the exact same pattern as the dozens of stories I’ve told before and probably the same pattern of the estimated 19,000 rapes and sexual assaults that occurred in the military in 2010. This is the pattern of the epidemic.

To read the rest of Elle’s story as told by Rep. Jackie Speier, click here.

 

Are you a survivor of rape or sexual assault in the military? Congresswoman Speier is personally inviting you to share your story by e-mailing stopmilitaryrape@mail.house.gov. If you choose to share your experience with the Congresswoman, please indicate whether or not you are willing to give her your permission to share it on the House floor.

 

If you have experienced rape, sexual assault or harassment in military service, know that there are resources to help you. 

 

24/7 Emergency Crisis Care with offices in Washington DC and Cambridge MA. MRCC also has representatives in 35 states as well as Japan, Germany and England.

 

Survivor Support Network: Services, Resources, Hotlines, MST Forums, and Suggestions

 

 

 

Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community

Military Sexual Assault Lawsuit

 

A new lawsuit was filed in the US District Court in Washington, DC on March 6, 2012, behalf of eight current and former members of the Navy and Marine Corps. The lawsuit, filed by Susan L. Burke on behalf of the plaintiffs, charges that the

“laws designed to reduce rape, sexual assault and harassment in the Navy and Marine Corps directly and seriously harmed Plaintiffs and others who have reported rape and sexual assault and have challenged sexual harassment. Rather than being respected and appreciated for reporting crimes and unprofessional conduct, Plaintiffs and others who report are branded ‘troublemakers,’ endure egregious and blatant retaliation, and are often forced out of military service.”

The office of Burke PLLC is continuing their work on behalf of soldiers and officers who were raped while on active duty. If you were raped or assaulted, and are interested in representation, please contact the Burke PLLC office paralegal, Miranda Petersen at mpetersen@burkepllc.com for further information.

A copy of the complaint is available from the links below thanks to the staff of Burke PLLC.
(PDF and Flash versions below)

Military Sexual Assault Complaint (PDF)


Military Sexual Assault Litigation Press Update

 

The following is a collection of the reporting concerning the Military Sexual Assault Litigation filed on March 6, 2012 in U.S. District Court by Susan Burke on behalf of eight sailors and Marines  who reported being sexually assaulted, harassed and/or abused at the Marine Barracks in Washington D. C.

 

Defense Faces Lawsuit from Sexual Assault Victims, Government Executive, March 7, 2012

Speier Critical over Military’s Handling of Rape, KGO-TV, March 7, 2012

Alleged Rapes Lead to Suit, Columbia Daily Tribune, March 7, 2012

8 Women File Lawsuit, Accuse Military Of Having ‘High Tolerance For Sexual Predators In Their Ranks’, Huffington Post, March 6, 2012

8 Women Allege Rape, Harassment in Military Lawsuit, USA Today, March 6, 2012

Plaintiff in Rape Lawsuit Speaks Out, WAVY.com, March 6, 2012

Women Sue Military For Being Incredibly Rapey, Jezebel, March 6, 2012

Eight Women Allege Rape, Retaliation in U.S. Military, Reuters, March 6, 2012

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:

The Invisible War of Military Women

The Invisible War

Cinedigm Picks up Sundance Documentary “Invisible War”

Sundance Institute | Online Film Guide

 

Shattering Voices From The Military Rape Lawsuit, Verbatim

 

Irin Carmon
Jezebel
February 22, 2011

Last week, a group of women and men sued Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld, for creating a culture that enabled and protected their rapists. The words in this video are taken directly from their complaint.

The full legal complaint is searing — and depressingly repetitive. This video seeks to distill their accounts of a culture that, these women and men say, not only allowed their assaults but bullied them when they tried to report and, in many cases, left their assailants free and even thriving. As demoralizing as it can be to contemplate such concentrated violence and misogyny, we’re hearing these stories because these survivors refused to go away quietly, and are bravely fighting back.

Video by Matt Toder, Jessica Coen, and Irin Carmon. Song: “O Mary Don’t You Weep,” by Paul Reece.

To view this on the Jezebel site, click here.