Two Marine sergeants allegedly attacked a couple camping in Oregon's Mt. Hood National Forest on June 21st. The couple was assaulted and the woman raped near the popular Clear Lake campsite. Sgt. Rudolph Jackson and Sgt. Clinton Bergman were arrested for the assault and arraigned on June 23rd. Bergman has served as a recruiter for the Marines for six years, and Jackson has served as an administrative clerk for the corps for eight years.
On June 22nd, Virginia State Police arrested Marine Sgt. Matthew Putnam for assault and attempted carjacking after he tried to take off with the car of an Alexandria woman who stopped to help him. Putnam had run out of gas along the highway and ran into traffic to try and flag someone down. When the woman stopped to help, he assaulted her, grabbed her keys and jumped into her car with his 2 year-old daughter and 3 year-old son. The woman was able to get the keys back before he drove off and three state troopers, who had been alerted to a fight along the highway, pulled over to arrest Putnam. The children have been returned to their mother.
The Marine Corps is the only branch of the United States military that does not have gender-integrated training.
Media Resources: The Nando Net and The Washington Post - June 24, 1997
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .