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Dispatches From The War On Women: A Military Rape Scandal

Dispatches From The War On Women: A Military Rape Scandal

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

Has the US military been diagnosing rape victims with personality disorders to avoid reporting and prosecuting sexual assault within ranks? Looks like it. As many as 1 in 3 women will be raped by a fellow service member and then re-traumatized by having that assault ignored and re-traumatized again by being discharged with a mental illness diagnosis. This is a national tragedy and a national scandal.

In Wisconsin, women are making it clear that Gov. Scott Walker (R) has got to go, and with good reason. His attacks on women’s rights have been relentless. First Walker went after teachers, nurses, and other public employees collective bargaining rights and dramatically increased the costs of health insurance benefits. Then his administration rolled back abortion rights and voting rights. Last but not least Walker and Republicans repealed the state’s equal pay enforcement law. Women should be angry.

Robin Marty reports that the “clinics” Ohio Republicans want to give family planning money to in lieu of funding Planned Parenthood don’t provide birth control as part of their family planning services.

The man who forever will be linked to mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R,) is auditioning for vice president. Imagine a Romney/McDonnell ticket. And you thought the assault on women’s rights was bad now.

Consider whether the culture wars would be quite as entrenched if there were more pro-gay religious voices represented in mainstream media.

Alabama lawmakers are hoping to make their anti-immigrant law even worse by letting police officers detain any vehicle passenger without sufficient proof of immigration status, including minors. These “papers please” checks pose a particular challenge to women and minors, showing again that the attacks on women’s rights only grow more acute when you account for race and class.

A group of moms is urging families to “trash” their Urban Outfitters catalog over a lesbian kiss and a cub scouts den mother is dismissed because she’s a lesbian.

Media Matters has a list of over 60 women Rush Limbaugh has called “babe,” not that anyone needed any more evidence that the man is just a pig.

Finally, some good news and a few laughs. Reproductive justice advocate and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards made it onto TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential list. It is fantastic to see Richards’ leadership recognized and so utterly tragic that it’s in part because of the never-ending attempts to take away family planning programs.

Congressional Democrats are calling the GOP bluff and introducing a bill that would allow women to count raising children under the age of three as work under the rules applied to allow her to continue to receive government assistance. It’s good policy and it’s brilliant politics and the Republicans are stuck.

Rosie O’Donnell really is quick on her feet.

If you do one thing today, please watch this. The Funny or Die crew counsels Rick Santorum on “aborting” his candidacy.

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back tomorrow with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!

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5:36AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:04AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Janice S. Click on the link Looks like it and you get to the story.
This is a list of things happening that target women in different situations. There are links to follow for each story.

11:48AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

The numbers matter Marilyn b/c numbers pulled out the air like this article makes this article itself look like "the panic/cause of the week". When one addresses an issue as serious as this, you get your ducks in a row or look ridiculous. With few exceptions, that is Jennifer Pieklos problem, her partisanship overcomes her duty to get the facts/numbers straight.

Also, don't make the assumption as so many do here on Care2 that b/c I disagree with the weak, politically partisan writing held up here as authoritative that I don't take this (or other issues) seriously. I saw sexual manipulation/harassment results when I served and it was an eye opener for someone who'd only served in all male units. Its now more common b/c women are serving more often in units/places where they are tiny minorities that no longer have the 'privileges' afforded them when women were treated differently by command directive.

And yes I'd be POed if my daughter (don't have one) or granddaughters had this happen to them, who wouldn't?

11:21AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

PS What is the deal with the picture? There again it makes it appear that the article will be about the issue of rape within the military. IS it just a random picture of some troops that have just returned home? I doubt that these soldiers want their faces portrayed as involved in a "rape scandal" especially the little girl. This particular picture should more likely be used in regard to service and sacrifice of our troops.

11:12AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

This is interesting but more of less seems to be a list type rundown of all the various things going on politcally against women. I was expecting it to be an article about a specific scandal involving military women being raped. It is only mentioned --- where is the actual story?

1:16AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Lee

So do you really believe that the nonsense you speak is commonsense? ROTFL. You really are a funny person. Do you act as a clown at parties to make a living? All you & the others are constantly repeating like a stuck record is that rape is wrong. I mean, like duh! Been there ages ago. I think that was one of the first laws that man legislated from the very first civilisation ages ago. Yet you debate the right & wrong of it as tho this is something that dropped from the sky yesterday & you actually believe that you speak with commonsense. Look, you & many of the contributors on here speak primarily on emotion & not on logical thought. I recognize this & I understand that this subject gets some people so upset that it makes them devoid of rational thought which makes debating useless. So I moved on to other things.

5:38PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

http://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims

5:37PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

I am not trying to be right about statistics because if you are a victim then it doesn't matter because one is too many but this website probably has the best information. I think it says 1 in 6 women in America are sexually assaulted at some point in their life...so it's not 1 in 3 but like I said does it really matter? If it were your daughter, sister, mother, wife would it matter if it were one in three or one in six....:( I see a few people on here just going on and on to try and be right.....so sad.

3:40PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Ahhhh...how refreshing to finally find someone with commonsense on here.

3:17PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

ahh the links worked after all...as I thought, the referring links are to other Care2 articles not to some study/DoD data site or what....That is what I mean about trivializing such an important issue, what we have here is typical Care2 hyperbole on what should be an issue addressed with solid data to make a concrete case.

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