While the majority of sexual assaults committed by members of the military are against men, women are more than five times more likely to be targeted, according to Pentagon statistics.
The Senate Armed Services chair has bowed to the objections of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and spiked Sen. Gillibrand’s measure to take the prosecution of sexual assaults in the military out of the chain of command. This, after a day-long military sexual assault hearing that featured mostly men.
The convicted killer of Dr. George Tiller will serve 45 days in solitary confinement after making threats against the director of a newly opened abortion clinic in Wichita.
A misreading of the verdict in an upsetting Texas case has gone viral, since Gawker claimed: “Texas Says It’s OK to Shoot an Escort If She Won’t Have Sex With You.” Texas law does not say that, and the jury didn’t either. This story looks very different depending on if you are looking at the law or the reporting.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, discusses the latest on sexual assault in the military. All six members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified Tuesday before the Armed Services panel. (via Thomas Roberts / MSNBC)
The Joint Chiefs of Staff flatly rejected removal of sex-crimes prosecution from the chain of command; Sen. Gillibrand took them to school. Meanwhile, Saxby Chambliss claimed that “the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur.”
An examination of a city ordinance in Norristown, Pennsylvania, reveals a nationwide problem: In dozens of cities, “disorderly conduct” ordinances discourage domestic violence survivors from calling the police, lest they face eviction from their homes.
Ralph Lang’s lawyer, Eric Schulenberg, reportedly plans to ask what “constituted an actual attempt to kill someone.” During jury selection, Schulenberg drew an apparent parallel between the clinic plot and attempts to hunt wildlife.
Judging by their words, you’d think they’d be willing to stop at nothing to end the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. But you would be wrong.
A new advocacy campaign urges the social media site to crack down on gender-based hate speech.