This 2012 video from the USA is called Abuse of Women in the US Military / Army / Navy – PFC LaVena Johnson – The Silent Truth.
Another video from the USA used to say about itself:
Permission to publish from josh at snowshoefilms.com; Producer: snowshoefilms; Production Company: snowshoefilms. … Year: 2002. DOROTHY MACKEY: SURVIVORS TAKE ACTION AGAINST ABUSE BY U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL (STAAAMP) A former U.S. Air Force captain, Dorothy Mackey explains that rape is integral to the military. She explains the military’s systematic training to abuse and accept abuse, the programmatic decreasing of self-awareness that constitutes perhaps the most important part of basic training in which malleable youths are indoctrinated to think of themselves as expendable. They’re also taught, she reveals (or reminds us) to have contempt for civilians, those people who fail to understand the sacrifices being made on their behalf.
Mackey also touches on the CIA’s Paperclip Project which secreted some 1,600 World War II Nazi scientists and eugenicists into key positions in the military, universities and weapons development (nuclear, chemical biological, mind control). This interview was conducted at the Nov. 2002 SOA Watch (www.soawatch.org) protest at Ft. Benning, GA.
From Womens eNews in the USA:
Military’s ‘Restricted Reporting’ Draws Fire
By John Lasker
Thursday, February 10, 2011
A Defense Department official says a new recourse option for victims of military sex assault is encouraging more to seek care and maintain privacy. Critics call it a military cop out that lets perpetrators go free and lets commanders off the hook.
U.S. Army veteran Susan Avila-Smith runs the military sexual trauma advocacy group VETWOW, or Veteran Women Organizing Women, based in Seattle. Sadly, it’s a group that numbers 3,000 and is growing.
Avila-Smith has been advocating for military sexual trauma victims since 1995, after the military refused to punish her Army ex-husband after he “jumped up and down” on her pregnant stomach and ended her pregnancy.
When she sought justice from her commanding officers, “I was told not to talk to anybody about it or I would be BCD’d, which is a ‘Bad-Conduct Discharge,'” she said.
Avila-Smith says of VETWOW’s 3,000 veterans who were raped during their enlistment by a fellow soldier, nearly all told their commanding officers about the crime, in compliance with military law. Many, she says, described the backlash from the chain of command as worse than rape.
All too often, Avila-Smith says, commanding officers try to intimidate rape victims into silence. Commanding officers, who are judge and jury when it comes to indicting soldiers for alleged crimes while on duty, have also under-prosecuted military rape by ignoring a victim’s accusation, for instance.
The result, she says, is that many who suffer military sexual assault say nothing and try to cope with the psychological aftermath on their own. A 2008 survey of 103 military sexual assault victims by the Government Accountability Office showed half never bothered to report the crime because they believed nothing would come of it and they also feared being ostracized.
17 Veterans Sue Pentagon Over Rape Cases: here.
1 in 5 Air Force women victim of sexual assault, survey finds: here.
Antoinette Bonsignore, RH Reality Check: “Rapes and sexual assaults … are ignored and if not ignored so callously prosecuted within the Military Code of Justice as to suggest that rape is nothing more than a minor infraction deserving of little punishment, if any. A system set up to hide evidence, encourage victims to recant, and when the victim tries to receive some semblance of justice they are generally rewarded with demotions, harassment, and shockingly further rapes and sexual assaults as punishment. Victims are warned to stay quiet or face dire consequences. The brave victims are blamed – the women in particular were just asking for it”: here.
Congresswoman Speier Condemns Rape in the Military: here.
Senate Fails to Vote on Military Sexual Assault Bill: here.
Reports of sexual assaults by members of the military rose 50 percent after the Pentagon began a vigorous campaign to get more victims to come forward, prompting defense officials to order a greater focus on prevention programs, including plans to review alcohol sales and policies. The report comes a day after Vets filed suit in federal court to help sexual assault victims access benefits to address their trauma: here.
Iowa GOPer Ernst: I was sexually harassed in the military: here.
U.S. MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES ON THE RISE Reported cases increased by 8% this year. [AP]
SENATOR ALLEGES U.S. MILITARY WITHHOLDING SEX CRIMES RECORDS Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand alleges that the military is doctoring its sex-related crime numbers by leaving out military spouses or civilian women who work near bases.
Fiore Cartoon: How the Pentagon Avoids Budgets Cuts: here.
Ireland: Sinn Féin has expressed serious concern over what it says are links between a company contracted by the Central Statistics Office to work on the 2011 Census and prisoner abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison: here.
- Military Rape: Let’s Get Real Justice!!! (virginianow.wordpress.com)
- Sexual assault victims say VA isn’t doing enough (stripes.com)
- Montana leaders join fight against sex assaults in the military (ravallirepublic.com)
- Female Veteran Condemns Poster Blaming Sexual Assault Victims (huffingtonpost.com)
- Rape is about power, not sex | Jill Filipovic (theguardian.com)
- Joshua Kors: Winning the Language War, Defeating ‘Military Sexual Trauma’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Judge Calls 13-Year-Old Girl Who Was Sexually Assaulted by a 41-Year-Old “Predatory” (rinf.com)
- Sexual Assault in the United States Military (researchandargument.wordpress.com)
- Congress Stalls As Military Sexual Assault Numbers Rise (onwardandfword.wordpress.com)