Flag flying in front of U.S. CapitolU.S. Goverment Response and Actions

Representative Jackie Speier, champion for the survivors of military sexual assault

United Nations Urges Full US Torture Investigation PressTV,   November 19, 2010

Healing the Wounds: Evaluating Military Sexual Trauma Issues House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs – Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Joint Hearing with Subcommittee on Health, May 20, 2010

Confronting Rape and Other Forms of Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, May 13, 2009

Harman Reacts to New DOD Report on Sexual Assault in the Military House.gov, March 17, 2009

Clinton Meets with Japanese Leaders on First Leg of Asian Tour American Forces Press Service, February 18, 2009

Rape in the Military: Congress Charges Cover-Up American News Project, August 1, 2008


Timeline of Women in the Military

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News Reports


“Week of the Women Warriors”: Launch of Groundbreaking Report on Female Troops and Veterans: Newest Report on Women’s Unique and Urgent Service and Homecoming Challenges Ajax World Magazine Online, October 14, 2009

Corps to Ban Recruits with Prior Sex Offenses MarineCropsTimes.com, October 14, 2009

Military Rape Awareness Week Starts At Times Square Recruiting Station; Recruiters Shut Out Retired Officer AfterDowningStreet.org, October 14, 2009

Military Rape Awareness Week Starts At Times Sq. Recruiting Station OpEdNews, October 13, 2009

Military Women Show Their Might In Counterinsurgency The Takeaway, October 13, 2009

Honoring Women Veterans Who Served and Suffered Healing Combat Trauma.com, 14 Oct 2009

Female Sailors Could Join Sub Crews by 2011 NavyTimes.com, October 12, 2009

Women at War: Female Veterans Have Taken an Active Role in the Military The White Mountain Independent’s Online Edition, October 9, 2009

Franken Amendment Significant Step In Ending Military Culture Of Impunity That Allows Violence Against Women But Much More Is Needed Feminist Peace Network, October 7, 2009

Women at Arms: Living and Fighting Alongside Men, and Fitting In The New York Times, August 17, 2009

Women at Arms: G.I. Jane Stealthily Breaks the Combat Barrier The New York Times, August 16, 2009

Rape Case Highlights Arbitration Debate National Public Radio, June 9, 2009

SoCal Marine Recruiter Charged With Underage Sex The Associated Press, June 1, 2009

Mental Toll of War Hitting Female Servicemembers USA Today, January 7, 2008



U.S. Courts-Martial in Occupation Japan: Rape, Race, and Censorship
By Terese Svoboda
Asia-Pacific Journal
May 23, 2009

“We too are an army of rapists,” anonymous soldier, letter to the editor, Time Magazine, November 12, 1945.

What explains the lack of records regarding the number of rapes in occupation Japan by American servicemen? I briefly review the situation of rape during World War II in the European theater for which there is reasonable documentationto better understand why the names and numbers are concealed or lost. I then examine the situation postwar, focusing particularly on conditions in Japan at the beginning of the American occupation. I conclude by analyzing what little documentation I discovered about an execution for rape while writing Black Glasses Like Clark Kent, my memoir about my uncle who committed suicide after leaving me tapes about his experiences as an MP in Tokyo’s 8th Army stockade.

Our civilian justice system aims primarily to safeguard the rights of property, community, and the individual, perhaps in that order. Short of murder, rape is the most egregious violation to the individual. In civilian life, rape may go underreported for a number of reasons including protection of reputations, confusions about what constitutes rape, or the psychological difficulties of coping with a rape trial.

Before the Uniform Code of Military Justice was instituted in 1950, civilians inducted as soldiers were stripped of most of their individual rights, including due process and trained legal representation. Regardless of the UCMJ, however, for the military, discipline and obedience take precedence over these rights. Rape in the military may be underreported both for the usual civilian reasons but also to prevent the loss of manpower, to avoid housing criminals, and to maintain an appearance of order. These military reasons are invoked most often during a war when manpower is crucial, bivouac at a minimum and order paramount. But they also apply, if with less urgency, during military occupations and in the basing of troops overseas.

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US Bases and Empire: Global Perspectives on the Asia Pacific
By Catherine Lutz
The Asia-Pacific Journal
March 16, 2009

Much about our current world is unparalleled: holes in the ozone layer, the commercial patenting of life forms, degrading poverty on a massive scale, and, more hopefully, the rise of concepts of global citizenship and universal human rights. Less visible but equally unprecedented is the global omnipresence and unparalleled lethality of the U.S. military, and the ambition with which it is being deployed around the world.  These bases bristle with an inventory of weapons whose worth is measured in the trillions and whose killing power could wipe out all life on earth several times over.  Their presence is meant to signal, and at times demonstrate, that the US is able and willing to attempt to control events in other regions militarily. The start of a new administration in Washington, and the possibility that world economic depression will give rise to new tensions and challenges, provides an important occasion to review the global structures of American power.

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