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.
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.
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.”
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.
On Saturday, December 5, 2020, the Fayetteville Chapter of NOW held their 12th Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of Beryl Lorraine Mitchell, a victim of domestic violence. This is the 12th year that Fayetteville NOW has done this annual graveside wreath laying. They remember Beryl Mitchell, and they talk about the problem of Domestic Violence that plagues us.
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.