Accusations of sexual assault and harassment against 19 male officers at the Fort Leonard Wood Marine training base in Missouri surfaced recently, bringing attention to the high number of women in the military who are victims of sexual abuse by their male counterparts or superior officers. Women make up only 3 to 5 percent of the total number of Marines at the Fort Leonard Wood base—a proportion that makes the women easily visible targets for sexual abuse or harassment. According to the Miles Foundation, which studies sexual violence in the military, sexual assault or harassment cases are most common on bases with fewer women. Women in the armed forces who are sexually harassed or assaulted often face a lack of support from superior officers. One senior officer at Fort Leonard Wood also faces charges for ignoring complaints about the sexual abuses occurring on the base.
5/1/2015 House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers - The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to overturn a Washington, DC, law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who use their insurance to cover procedures like in-vitro fertilization or abortion and contraception like birth control pills and IUDs for themselves, their spouses, or their children.
The District's council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act last year. . . .
4/30/2015 400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria - In two different operations in under a week, Nigerian troops have rescued more than 400 women and children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram.
On Tuesday, Nigerian troops announced they rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram - and today news has come out that troops rescued another 160 women and children.
While the news is promising and shows progress made in Nigeria to combat Boko Haram, the girls rescued were not the Chibok girls who inspired the #BringBackOurGirls movement last year. . . .
4/29/2015 Hillary Clinton Calls for Criminal Justice Reform and an End to Mass Incarceration - Hillary Clinton delivered the keynote address at the 18th Annual Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum today, addressing directly criminal justice reforms she would like to see to prevent another "incarceration generation."
"It's time the end the era of mass incarceration," Clinton declared to much applause, citing statistics about the disproportionately higher rate of incarceration that black men in America face. . . .