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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Thanks to the very generous people at Ms. Magazine, usmvaw.com is now able to provide Natalie Wilson’s article, Culture of Rape.

The article provides an overview of the military culture addressed in the landmark Military Rape and Sexual Assault Class Action Lawsuit filed February 15, 2011.

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Culture of Rape

Linda Franklin, an active duty U.S. Marine sergeant, was beaten and strangled in 2007 by her then-partner, a staff sergeant. She notified the military brass about the crime, following procedures to the letter, trusting that he would be punished. Instead, a year later she found herself reporting to her attacker; he had been promoted to her ranking officer. Franklin—not her real name—was ultimately labeled a “domestic abuser” herself by a committee review board because a police report misinterpreted a witness’s testimony.

To read the full article on usmvaw.com click here.

To read the article at the Ms. site, click here.