Conflating the word “rape” with “sex” demeans sex for all of us, but most especially for survivors of sexual violence.
Via Now With Alex Wagner: “A new bill–the Military Justice Improvement Act–would mark the biggest change to the Uniform Code of Military Justice in over three decades by taking the reporting process outside the chain of command and turning it over to military prosecutors. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who introduced the bill, says it’s aimed at stopping the rising incidence of sexual assault in the military.”
Violence against women living with HIV has increasingly been recognized in Latin America and the Caribbean as a key issue, but there remain challenges as well as opportunities to place it at the core of the policymaking process.
At a press conference on Capitol Hill, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand demonstrated bipartisan support for her proposal to remove the reporting and prosecution of sexual assault complaints in the military from the chain of command.
Having already asked lawmakers to take away commanders’ authority to overturn sexual assault convictions, Reid is now considering a measure that would entirely remove sexual assault cases from the chain of command.
Chris Hayes talks with syndicated columnist Connie Schultz, Irin Carmon of Salon, and Feministing writer Eesha Pandit about the latest developments out of Cleveland, and about how violence against women affects society. (via NBCNews.com)
Pentagon brass say they’re working on the problem but balk at meaningful changes that would safeguard those claiming assault against their superiors.
In his new HBO special, comedian Louis C.K. notes that men are “the worst thing that ever happens to” women. The bit is funny, but it’s also tragically on point.
No young woman should accept that sexual assault is just another part of college that she must avoid like the “freshman 15″ or early morning classes.