President Obama Signs $607 Billion Defense Bill in Hawaii

By: Friday December 27, 2013 6:57 am

Yesterday President Obama signed the $607 billion National Defense Authorization Act which was one of the last items completed by the Senate before they recessed. The bill is a massive spending program on the war economy with no justification in a time of austerity and limited security threats.

 

A Case Study in Awful: The 8 Worst Parts of the Recent Naval Academy Rape Hearing

By: Friday September 13, 2013 5:11 pm

Recently, attorneys defending three former Naval Academy football players against allegations of sexual assault at an off-campus party spent more than 20 hours over five grueling days questioning, taunting, blaming, shaming, and what appears to be re-victimizing a 21-year-old female midshipman.

At Swarthmore and Other Colleges, Students Say Sexual Assault Is a Persistent—and Often Mishandled—Problem

By: Saturday August 10, 2013 4:00 pm

Joshua, a 21-year-old Swarthmore College student, is calling from his home in California—three time zones and 2,800 miles away from the prestigious campus 30 minutes outside Philadelphia. He’s back on the West Coast for the summer, tackling unfinished coursework after leaving school a few weeks early.

But, on this late July evening, he’s recalling the night last fall when he was raped, and the details of how Swarthmore mishandled his case.

Anti-Rape Bill Could Create Wedge Between Different Anti-Feminist Factions

By: Tuesday July 30, 2013 5:05 pm

As Todd Akin and the country at large learned during the 2012 elections, pregnancies resulting from rape are very real and sadly all too common. If there was one silver lining in the entire debacle and “debate” over Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment, it was that it helped expose a previously under-reported problem: 31 states allow rapists to sue for custody or visitation of children conceived by rape. It might initially seem like it wouldn’t be much of a problem—most of us probably ask ourselves why rapists would bother to want these children at all—but the fact of the matter is that rapists rape because they like to hurt and control women.

Do Military Sexual Assaults Against Men Trump Those Against Women?

By: Sunday June 30, 2013 4:45 pm

At a Capitol Hill news conference called in May by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in support of her legislation to address sexual assault in the military, Brian Lewis, a former petty officer in the U.S. Navy, told of how, at the age of 20, he was raped on board a ship by a superior officer, and then drummed out of the service and denied his Veterans Administration benefits when he took his complaint to his commanding officer.

While the Navy never denied the assault took place, according to the Guardian, Lewis’ attacker went unpunished.

The Ongoing Battle to Remove Military Sexual Assault Prosecution From the Chain of Command

By: Thursday June 13, 2013 6:58 pm

As the Senate Armed Services Committee meets Wednesday to take up its version of the Defense Authorization bill, senators will likely devote at least as much verbiage to discussion of sexual assault in the military ranks as they do to the finer points of the Pentagon budget that is the bill’s main focus. But missing from the committee’s final version of the bill will be the one measure that advocates for survivors of sexual assault and rape say is critical to ending the crisis that grips the military: removing the reporting and prosecution of sexual assault cases from the chain of command.

Carl Levin Is a Truly Horrible Person

By: Wednesday June 12, 2013 12:10 pm

This is a sickening and truly despicable move by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich). He has removed from the Defense Authorization Act the bipartisan provision that would have provided the best chance of improving the rampant problem of sexual abuse in the military. From New York Times:

Joint Chiefs of Staff Scrutinized by Senate Over Sexual Assaults Problem in U.S. Military

By: Wednesday June 5, 2013 11:15 am

Yesterday the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified before Congress regarding the senior military leaders’ response (or lack thereof) to rising cases of sexual assault in the military. The answers provided were less than satisfactory to many Senators with one Republican Senator, Roy Blunt, calling the responses “stunningly bad.”

Have the Pentagon Brass Learned From the Catholic Bishops?

By: Saturday May 18, 2013 9:00 am

In watching and listening to the unfolding stories over the last week of sexual assault in the military, I could not help but notice how similar the military’s mess is to the situation in the Roman Catholic church over child abuse carried out by priests. Trusted leaders misused their positions of power to gratify their own sexual desires, and even worse, the hierarchy all too often protected the abusers and failed the victims.

Here’s hoping that the brass at the Pentagon have learned a few things from the bishops about how NOT to deal with the perpetrators of sexual assault by those in authority.

Teach Your Children Well: Men Must Be Leaders in Changing the Culture of Abuse

By: Thursday April 4, 2013 6:02 pm

We have seen much — and much-deserved — criticism of the mainstream media coverage of the Steubenville rape verdict. Some reporters, notoriously, have focused on what “good students” the convicted young men are and what “bright futures” had been squandered by their actions. While these may have been misguided analyses of the verdict, the outrage stems from the fact that such comments are part of a broader social narrative.

The lack of discourse and concern for the future of the Steubenville victim points to a deeper social problem; it’s a double-down on blaming the victim.

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