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
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.
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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.
Many hope the uproar over sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military that blew up after Specialist Vanessa Guillén’s disappearance and murder will force permanent change in military culture. Fort Hood Specialist Vanessa Guillén was finally ‘laid to rest’ in Houston on Saturday, Aug 15. On Aug 14, there was a procession around her high school, where she had been involved in multiple sports. “The Military Failed Vanessa Guillen and Others. It Must Do Better.” in Ms. Magazine explains how much her family did and “major deficiencies exposed by her case —including slow or negligent investigation of missing persons, lack of communication with families and handling of sex crimes.” There have been some developments – new legislation, investigations including a congressional one, and more bodies found.
The family of Vanessa Guillén and their lawyer, Natalie Khawam, had a press conference on July 30 timed with introduction of bill in Guillén’s name. The #IAmVanessaGuillen bill addresses some major problems in how the military handles sexual assault and sexual harassment cases. Before she was murdered, Guillén had told her family at least two of her superiors had harassed her on base, one stalking her. Also exposed by her case are problems with the way the military investigates (or doesn’t investigate) disappearances of service members. Now is the time to force the military to do a better job in both areas with new legislation. The family also demanded a congressional investigation into Vanessa’s death.