Category Archives: Sexual Assault

The Military Failed #VanessaGuillen and Others, Must Do Better

The military must do better. Vanessa Guillén had been a 20-year-old Army Private First Class when she went missing on April 22, 2020, from the Central Texas Army post. She vanished mid-shift, leaving her car keys, barracks room key, Army identification card and wallet behind at her workspace. The investigation into her disappearance was dragging on slowly at best while her family pushed. The family organized multiple searches and vigils and protests themselves, hoping to find Guillén and bring her home. Eventually, investigators found she was murdered by a soldier on base, a man who later killed himself when confronted in July.  Before the murder, Guillén told her family she had been sexually harrassed by her superiors, but was afraid to report it. Her case and problems with how the military handles sexual assault and sexual harassment both sparked protests all over Texas and online (see #IAmVanessaGuillen, JusticeForVanessaGuillen). In a recent sexual assault case from Fayetteville NC, the military interfered in multiple ways, manipulating the result. Both of these cases expose major failures in the military that must be addressed.

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Push for VAWA on Denim Day, 4/29/20

Please join our Denim Day 2020 Photo Project with NOW chapters across the country for sexual assault awareness month and help us shine a light on the needs of sexual assault and rape survivors during COVID-19 . Please see the instructions below as a guideline for participation. This is an inspiring and powerful opportunity to practice solidarity and support survivors by renewing our commitment to exposing harmful behaviors and attitudes surrounding sexual violence. Read about how this day came about here. NOW state presidents are using this to push Congress to reauthorize VAWA, and thanking those who are already working for this. 

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Online #MMIWGP Rally Agenda – 4/25/20

Please join us for the online Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People (MMIWGP) rally scheduled for 4/25/20, from 10am-1pm. Emcee Crystal Cavelier, Founder of MMIW NC Coalition and Co- Organizer of March has provided an agenda. NC NOW is one of the cosponsors, and NC NOW President Gailya Paliga is one of the speakers. The link to watch it livestream is Livestream of Online #MMIWGP Rally. The (past) facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/455552131732954/  

 

10:00 am – Welcome
Crystal Cavalier, Founder of MMIW NC Coalition and Co- Organizer of March
Jason Crazy Bear (Choctaw Apache) and David Seleni (Houma)

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Action: Contact US Senate To Reauthorize a Strong VAWA – 2020

Indigenous women are raped, beaten and murdered at astounding rates. Proposed changes to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would help deter these crimes and punish perpetrators by increasing tribal jurisdiction to include sexual violence, sex trafficking, stalking, and child abuse.  We need to push our US Senators to reauthorize a strong VAWA like the one that passed in the US House over a year ago (4/4/19).

#VAWA is topic at Tuesdays With Tillis event on 4/9/19. Senator Tillis has an office at this Federal Building in Raleigh. Photo credit: Michael Eisenberg

There are other improvements incorporated in the House bill – and we want the Senate to pass similar. But the Senate is refusing to do this job. According to Newsweek on 2/14/20, “‘GRIM REAPER’ MITCH MCCONNELL ADMITS THERE ARE 395 HOUSE BILLS SITTING IN THE SENATE: ‘WE’RE NOT GOING TO PASS THOSE.

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Press Release: Online Rally on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women on 4/25/20

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Press Release: Online Rally to Focus on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People on 4/25/20

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Cavalier: MMIW Speech: Enough Finger Pointing, Start Fixing It

Crystal Cavalier traveled from Robeson County to speak on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women at the 2020 Raleigh Women’s March. Here is her speech. She is willing and able to speak more on this topic.

Crystal Cavelier on MMIW, Photo Credit: Kevin A. Smith

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Raleigh Women’s March 2020 Was Another Hit!

Thousands of women and allies, including many children, went to the 4th Annual Women’s March in Raleigh on Sunday, 1/26/20. People had signs in their hands, on their shirts, on other clothes.  Some wore pink pussy hats, even on the mild sunny day (54 in January!) The event began with a march starting at the Legislative Building (the people’s  house) and all the way around Halifax Mall, led by some of the organizers chanting. People surged in to Halifax Mall, still chanting.

Front of 4th Raleigh Women’s March, Photo Credit Greg Stewart Photography

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NC Must Address Sexual Assault Law Deficiencies

My daughter goes to an NC university and I worry about her. I even signed her up for a self defense class before her freshman year. I knew the statistics of sexual assault on campuses are extremely high. However, I was shocked to read that “A third of female undergraduate UNC students reported sexual assault, survey found,” 10/15/19, Charlotte Observer. State laws must be improved to prosecute these crimes, and universities must do more. An Equal Rights Amendment would help long term.

Event with Feminists For All at UNC-CH, 9/27/19 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

The 2019 survey by the Association of American Universities reported that “nine percent of respondents said they were given a spiked drink or drugs without their knowledge before the assault.”

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The NFL Is Still Broken – Antonio Brown Is Latest

The NFL is still broken – things look the same as they did when Ray Rice knocked out his then girlfriend in an elevator. Nothing was done about Rice until someone released the video of him actually knocking her out and dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator. The video of them going in with her upright and being dragged out was not enough. More shockingly, before the video was released, the NFL made special pink jerseys promoting him to women! That is right – the pink jerseys had abuser Ray Rice’s number on it. They are ignoring charges of rape and sexual assault brought up against Antonio Brown now, similarly, although so far without the pink jersey.

NOW says “the NFL’s message is clear–there’s too much money resting on Brown’s career to keep him from playing, or to seriously address the league’s systemic culture of violence against women.”

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Take Action: TweetStorm to push VAWA on 10/16/19 during DVAM

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Violence Against Women Act has still not been reauthorized – over a year after it should have been reauthorized, and over 6 months since the House of Representatives passed it. Let’s push our US Senators to do their jobs! 

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