Category Archives: Military

Military MeToo Panel #3 on Domestic Violence is 5/26/21 at 10:30am

Please join us on May 26 at 10:30am for our third Military #MeToo panel, this one on Domestic Violence Struggles In The Military. We have a panel of experts lined up and will hear victim stories as well as learn about what could be used or done from people who deal with victims. This event is on Zoom. Registration link will be added soon. 

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Press Release: #MMIW Virtual Event 2021 on 4/24/21

NC NOW is a cosponsor of the #MMIW Virtual Event in 2021, and the NC NOW president will speak on how the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would help some of egregious loopholes in tracking and prosecution of perpetrators of assaulting and murdering indigenous women. Here is the press release for the event, which is 10am-1pm on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Update: Watch the recording on youtube here.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NORTH CAROLINA MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN (MMIW) ONLINE RALLY
April 24, 2021

On Saturday, April 25th families along with state-wide agencies will host an online gathering that focuses on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women ahead of the National Day of Awareness on May 5th. A host of speakers and performers previously scheduled to attend the march will participate in an online rally. This is a call to action for activists, supporters and families to raise awareness, attention and bring justice to the many women and girls who have disappeared or have been murdered in NC.

Participants can register on EventBrite for a livestream event on the MMIWNC.com and https://www.facebook.com/MMIWNC

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NC NOW State Conference Summary – Oct 9 and 10, 2020

NC NOW State Conference was a huge success! 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 spoke on voting and voter suppression in this all important 2020 election, and also about her vision for NOW. This 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.”

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Watch Military #MeToo Panel #2 Here

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.

Panelists: Lindsey Knapp, Esq, Executive Director of Combat Sexual Assault; Captain Erin Scanlon (Retired); Shelia Leese-Roberts, LCSW, VA Military Trauma Support (MST) Coordinator in Fayetteville.

Topic: Military #MeToo Reaches Ft. Bragg: Issues Ft. Bragg Needs To Address
Event was held Jan 7, 2021 at  7:00 PM via Zoom.

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Program for Second Military #MeToo Reaches Ft. Bragg Panel – 1/7/21 and Future Related Events

Find the program for the Second Military #MeToo Reaches Ft. Bragg Panel – 1/7/21 at Military_MeToo_Reaches_Ft._Bragg_Program.v6 (updated organizer list on 1/10/20). Please download or save for your own use. Some actions you can take are listed below. Also a link to the Military’s video encouraging attendance at our event, which shows a shift in attitude.

Planned Follow up Events on Military #MeToo Reaches Fort Bragg:

  • Spring 2021:   New Protocols for Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
  • Fall 2021:  New Protocols: Are they helping?
  • Winter 2021:   A Yearly Review of Military #MeToo at Fort Bragg

After the disappearance and murder of #VanessaGuillen, and the persistence of her family, and the social media outcry (#IAmVanessaGuillen) on similar injustice on sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military, the military is finally admitting fault and promising to address these military wide problems. We need to hold them accountable and can help them understand the problem at Fort Bragg. Please join us at our second Military #MeToo Reaches Ft Bragg Panel on Jan 7, 2021. It’s via zoom. Find out about it at our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/219692489597322

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Media Advisory: Military #MeToo Reaches Ft. Bragg Panel #2 on 1/7/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

***Media Advisory*** 

Military #MeToo Reaches Ft. Bragg Panel on 1/7/21

Fayetteville, NC, December 31, 2020 – 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 on deployment, and have been documented through time.

But still the military didn’t address them for years and years. However, the disappearance and murder of Vanessa Guillen in 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. Ft Bragg is the largest Army base in the US and in the world, by population

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Military #MeToo Reaches Ft. Bragg Panel on 1/7/21

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 on deployment, and have been documented through time.

But still the military didn’t address them for years and years. Until the disappearance and murder of Vanessa Guillen in Fort Hood Army base in Texas sparked a military #MeToo movement that they couldn’t control. Guillén disappearing after telling her family about sexual harassment spurred many service members and veterans to share their own stories about assault and harassment on social media with the hashtag #IAmVanessaGuillen. This uproar, and the Guillén family’s persistence in finding Vanessa, has forced the military to face its betrayal of soldiers.

Portrait of Vanessa Guillén from Evening Protest in Raleigh on 7/25/20
Photo Credit: Captain Erin Scanlon (Retired)

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12th Annual DV Wreath Laying Ceremony with Fayetteville NOW, 12/5/20

On Saturday, December 5, 2020, the Fayetteville Chapter of NOW held their annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of Beryl Lorraine Mitchell, an Army wife who was murdered by her soldier husband in 1974. Fayetteville NOW and the Quaker House in Fayetteville started remembering Mitchell with an annual wreath laying ceremony in 2007, when Mitchell’s daughter finally laid a grave marker for her mother. 2020 is the 12th year that Fayetteville NOW has done this annual graveside wreath laying. Fayetteville NOW and friends remember Mitchell and others like her, as well as those left behind, and they talk about the problem of Domestic Violence that continues to plague those in the army as well as civilians.

Fayetteville NOW President Pam Carver welcomes the crowd.

Current and past members of Fayetteville NOW and the Quaker House attended. The program is shown below (on lavender paper). The event included a welcome and close by the Fayetteville NOW President, Pam Carver; speeches from 2 members (former Fayetteville NOW President, Roberta Waddle and former Director of the Quaker House in Fayetteville, Chuck Fager) and a sharing of facts about DV by attendees. CV facts were provided by organizers. Read more about Mitchell and this event at “A Marker for her Mother: A Survivor’s Journey,” 10/24/2016, written by Fager. Fager had connected Mitchell’s daughter with Fayetteville NOW to do the first memorial.

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Military #MeToo Updates on #VanessaGuillen – Ft Hood Review and Bill Progress

There are some significant updates in Vanessa Guillén case. Guillén  is the 20 year old soldier who disappeared from Ft. Hood on April 22, 2020. 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.

#JusticeForVanessaGuillen and #IAmVanessaGuillen signs at one of three protests for justice for Guillén in Raleigh on 7/25/20. Photo Credit: Micaela Aguilar

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#MilitaryMeToo in the News Again – 12/1/2020

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. Stories of victims of multiple sexual assaults who killed themselves. And stories of “Pentagon whistleblowers say they were fired or suspended for reporting sexual assault cover-ups: “People are afraid”” at cbsn.ws/2HpwN1k. Better link at https://www.cbsnews.com/video/norah-odonnell-reports-sexual-assault-in-the-military/. CBS did a four part series on problems in the military. This particular CBS show aired interviews of three women hired to work for the military’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program.  All three had been fired. 

Lindsey Knapp

Lindsey Knapp

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