AIR FORCE ACADEMY: Sex-assault ....

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY: Sex-assault ....
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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 3:27pm
It was aweful to discover this took place where young officers are trained.

Change for the better!


Female officer to handle sex-assault allegations.

Complete article see link........


http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Central/03/28/academy.sex.assaults.ap/index.html



>"One of the new female senior officers at the Air Force Academy will watch over future sexual-assault cases to ensure they are handled properly, an Air Force official said.

Col. Debra Gray, the incoming vice commandant of cadets and a 1980 academy graduate, is to arrive next month, Gen. John Jumper, the Air Force chief of staff, said Thursday.

"Her job will include ombudsman type of duties where she will have a staff that includes medics and lawyers, first responders, so that anyone who does come forward will have an advocate right off the bat," said Jumper, the highest-ranking officer in the Air Force.

In past years, cadets could opt to report assaults by anonymously calling the cadet-staffed program CASIE, or Cadets Advocating Sexual Integrity and Education. Because no names were involved, some cases were never prosecuted, Jumper said."<

Further info....see link...

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Central/03/26/air.force.shakeup/index.html

>"There are 56 known cases of alleged sexual assault at the academy and Air Force Secretary James Roche told a Senate panel earlier this month he feared many more cases had gone unreported."<


 


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 4:56pm
I read in the New York Times a week or two ago that of all the rapists, only ONE was sent to court-martial, and he was acquitted. They clearly were NOT taking these crimes seriously.

One of my pet peeves is military rape and military mistreatment of women. It is clearly a serious problem. I wish feminists would focus more on this problem rather than the often petty or fabricated or exaggerated issues that draw their attention, like in the case of feminists who belong to many women-only organizations who have launched a jihad against a private golf club that allows women, but not as members.

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Registered: 03-23-2003
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 5:01pm
This is just plain sad, although not really surprising. I realize that it is only a small percentage of the cadets overall who have this 'mentality', but I'm sure many female cadets haven't reported (or have done so only anonymously) because they are afraid of retaliation. Hopefully having a female officer in charge will help.

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 5:19pm
Yes, there are more important fights than belonging to a silly golf club. Some fights then trivialize REALLY important feminist issues such as treatment of women in the military & abused military wives.

 


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 8:29pm
Do your homework before you claim that feminists don’t fight for the rights of women in the military. This case would not be in the news if not for the efforts of feminist pressure groups.

The following links are just a few from the NOW archives. Note that NOW was speaking out about this kind of violence long before it appeared in the news media…

First the link to the current story,,,

http://www.now.org/issues/military/031103airforce.html

And links to just a few of the many NOW news releases and resolutions over the years. They go back to the the 1970s, by the way, if you care to do a little research...

http://www.now.org/eNews/march2001/031501militaryviolence.html

http://www.now.org/nnt/01-98/milit.html

http://www.now.org/press/07-97/07-31-97.html

http://www.now.org/issues/military/alerts/05-22-97.html

http://www.now.org/press/02-97/02-03-97.html

http://www.now.org/press/11-96/11-14-96.html

Don't trivialize the efforts and hard work of feminists.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 8:57pm
I'd wait and see how things go before applauding this decision. She is still a Military Officer and she will do what she's told to do. Although I hope it is a change for the better, I'm concerned that it's just a Smoke Screen set up to make the public believe that they are taking this problem seriously.
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Registered: 03-18-2000
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 10:25pm
Please read my post again. I did NOT state that feminists don't fight for the right's of women in the military. I stated, maybe not clearly, that fighting for the right to join a golf club is trivial when compared to that.

BTW I too receive info from NOW.

 


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