Women in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by fellow soldiers than killed by enemy fire. I know what you’re thinking – it sounds too unbelievable to be true. But it’s not.
In introducing legislation that prevents the destruction of records relating to sex crimes, Iowa congressman cites a report that 23% of women in combat areas are victimized. TELEGRAPH HERALD
Congressman Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at helping victims of sexual trauma and assault in the military.
The Support for Survivors Act would require the U.S. Department of Defense to ensure life-long storage of all documents connected with reports of sexual assaults and sexual harassment across the military branches. The legislation also would prevent the military from destroying any records relating to sexual assault.
“The men and women who serve our country need to know that their government is standing up for them,” said Braley. “Just earlier today, I heard testimony from Linda Schwartz, the president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs. She cited reports showing that 23 percent of women serving in combat areas report being victims of sexual assault perpetrated by other members of the military. That’s simply unacceptable, and we cannot allow it to continue.”
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On April 4, Vice President Joe Biden addressed Sexual Violence in a speech at the University of New Hampshire. Biden shared the experiences of Jenny (not her real name), a college freshman who was raped last year, New Hampshire Public Radio reported:
He said she’d been drinking at a party. And when she sought justice through the school, she was asked what she was wearing, how she was dancing, and whether she was sober.
“The student judicial panel said they didn’t find Jenny credible because she had been drinking. They decided her rapist was a nice kid and didn’t deserve the punishment under the circumstances,” Biden said….
But whether someone is drunk or sober doesn’t matter. As Biden put it, “Look folks – rape is rape is rape.”..
That’s one message that Biden hit hard: “Look guys – no matter what a girl does, no matter how she’s dressed, no matter how much she’s had to drink, it’s never, never, never, never OK to touch her without her consent. This doesn’t make you a man. It makes you a coward.”
(bolded for emphasis) I know we’ve already discussed Biden’s talk and linked to more info, but we just can’t get over how good it was. “This doesn’t make you a man. It makes you a coward.” Preach.
“I was given little to no help after the assault. The issue — the rape — was just kind of swept under the carpet,” Lietz, 22, told AOL News in a phone interview. Lietz’s attacker pleaded guilty and is serving jail time. But the university, she says, never told her if he received any disciplinary action from the school, where she first reported the crime.
Further Reading re: sexual assault on college campuses go to Sexual Assault On Campus, A Frustrating Search for Justice Artices and key findings from the Center for Public Integrity
DURHAM, N.H. — Vice President Joe Biden is speaking about efforts to prevent sexual assaults on college campuses at the University of New Hampshire on Monday.
Sixteen years ago, then-Sen. Biden authored the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, which focused on domestic violence. Biden is now hoping to draw attention to the problem of sexual assault on campus.
NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH, 2011
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Our Nation must continue to confront rape and other forms of sexual violence as a deplorable crime. Too many victims suffer unaided, and too many offenders elude justice. As we mark National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, we recommit to building a society where no woman, man, or child endures the fear of assault or the pain of an attack on their physical well being and basic human dignity.
Eric Turner, a Republican state representative from Indiana, argued this week that a proposed amendment meant to add exceptions for rape and incest to a strict anti-abortion bill should not be considered because it would allow women to lie about cases of rape or incest in order to receive the procedure.
“I just want you to think about this, in my view, giant loophole that could be created where someone who could — now i want to be careful, I don’t want to disparage in any way someone who has gone through the experience of a rape or incest — but someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they’ve been raped or there’s incest,” Turner told his colleagues during a debate on HB 1210, a bill he introduced.
Really, because survivors of rape and incest have things so good, it’s just an excuse people will throw around to get ‘special’ treatment. Things like this continuously further the myth that false reporting of rape runs rampant. It’s really sad that even our own lawmakers dont realize that false reporting for rape is NO MORE COMMON than false reporting for other crimes (and less common than some).