The court-martial trial of Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney, the Army’s former top soldier, has been suspended while McKinney’s lawyers investigate a plaintiff who had been under witness protection since her allegations were made. Sgt. Christine Feltrow claimed that after filing charges of sexual misconduct against McKinney she was threatened. The Army agreed to place Feltrow under protection, and will not say where she is being held.
Six women accused McKinney of sexually assaulting or threatening them. McKinney, a 29-year Army veteran, faces 19 charges and 55 years in prison if convicted.
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12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .