We are finally seeing some progress with legislation to address failures in handling sex crimes and murder in the military. In large part, the mishandling of Vanessa Guillen’s murder and social media explosion on the case exposed problems and made this possible.
Domestic Violence Panel #4 Program includes the agenda, panelist biographies, upcoming events, information on the Lautenberg Amendment, and more.
Don’t want to lose access to these important articles on national issues which were posted on the NC NOW facebook page. Topics here include another big push on Military to address massive sexual assault disaster, what would ensure the ERA reaches its equality potential, how Biden Administration should move ahead with very high approval ratings on policies, how a Senator is holding up Biden’s cabinet nominees by applying a double standard, how Biden needs to free Reality Winner, and ICE targetting progressive sheriffs around the state with billboards
Summary of the 2020 NC NOW State Conference. We tried a split approach, holding some activities on Friday evening, Oct 9 and then continuing on Saturday morning, Oct 10. Our keynote speaker on Saturday was the new National NOW President, Christian Nunes. Nunes, who spoke on voting and voter suppression in this all important 2020 election, and also about her vision for NOW. This speech went with our theme of “Voting Our Future NOW!” Included here are links a recording of the Friday evening program which includes the recording of the Military #MeToo panel and to Dr. Johnson’s speech on “Racial Injustice in the Justice System For Women.”
Fayetteville NOW, Raleigh NOW, and NC NOW held a panel on the Military #MeToo Reaching Ft. Bragg, focusing on Issues Fort Bragg Needs to Address. This post includes the link to watch the panel.
Find the program for the Second Military #MeToo Reaches Ft. Bragg Panel – 1/7/21 at Military_MeToo_Reaches_Ft._Bragg_Program.v5. Please download or save for your own use.
The disappearance and murder of Vanessa Guillen at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas sparked a military #MeToo movement that is forcing military-wide change. The Secretary of the Army went public with the Ft. Hood report results and promised that the changes are reaching everywhere. This panel has experts and individuals talk about issues specifically at Ft. Bragg that need to be addressed. The first round of changes is due in March 2021.
Problems in handling of sex crimes in the military are well documented – from rarely punishing those accused of sexual assault, to harassing and retaliating against victims, to firing those hired to protect the victims. Sexual assaults happen on base, and in the field, and have been documented through time. Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance and murder kicked off a military #MeToo movement which is reaching Ft Bragg. NOW is doing a panel to have experts including victim advocates talk about problems at Ft. Bragg, and give the Military a chance to find out more about the issues it needs to address.
There are some significant updates in Vanessa Guillén case. There is a preliminary report on the independent review of Fort Hood’s command climate in the handling of her death. This report will be made public on Tuesday, Dec. 8. There is also progress on the #IAmVanessaGuillen bill – it is being deliberated in Congress.
What really happened with this victim advocate who had worked at Ft Bragg in NC? CBS aired Lindsey Knapp’s story and others in November 2020 on the CBS Evening News with Nora O’Donnell. See “Pentagon whistleblowers say they were fired or suspended for reporting sexual assault cover-ups: “People are afraid”” at cbsn.ws/2HpwN1k.
This is continuing coverage of the #MilitaryMetoo problems NC NOW has been covering via articles and discussion panels. Our first panel was part of the opening night of our NC NOW State Conference on Oct 9. Linsdey Knapp wasn’t able to attend as a third panelist for that event, but we hope to have her for our next #MilitaryMeToo panel which should be early January, 2021.