Corrections Corp. of America Reaches Settlement in Idaho Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:00 pm

Idaho Correctional Center, Screenshot from Google Maps[/caption]On February 23rd, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) settled a lawsuit brought by a former nurse at the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC) named Michelle Pierce, who claimed she had been fired in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment and abuse by her colleagues. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Pierce’s disturbing story is one of several to have come out in the wake of Idaho’s decision to take back control of the facility last year. Under CCA’s watch, ICC was nicknamed “gladiator school” for its high levels of violence, and allegations have surfaced indicating the private prison contractor may have manipulated prisoner medical records to cover up neglect and mismanagement. Pierce’s story provides an additional perspective on the atmosphere permitted, and sometimes encouraged, by CCA leadership within ICC.

 

Former CIA Director’s Barbaric Defense of Using Rectal Rehydration Against Detainees

By: Saturday December 13, 2014 8:00 am

A released summary of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which involved torture, contained the shocking revelation that at least five detainees had been subjected to “rectal rehydration” or rectal feeding. The detainees had feeding or intravenous tubes forced into their rectums in order to help interrogators gain [...]

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.”

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