Air Force Secretary John Roche and chief of staff General John Jumper told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday that the academy’s top four leaders will be replaced and reassigned. Responding to growing criticism that the academy’s top brass turned a deaf ear, and in some cases blamed the victims for reporting rape, the Air Force released a statement today pledging, “We will not tolerate criminals, nor will we tolerate their behavior… We will not tolerate any individual who shuns alleged victims of criminal activity, nor will we tolerate retribution against these victims, reported the New York Times. Set for replacement are the Academy’s superintendent, Gen. John Dallager, second-in-command Brig. Gen. Taco Gilbert, vice commandant, Col. Robert Eskridge, and the commander of cadet training, Col. Laurie Slavec. The new leadership will include Maj. Gen. John Rosa, Brig. Gen. Johnny Wlda, Col. Debra Gray, and Col. Clada Monteith, respectively.
Last week, Sens. John Warner (R-VA) and Wayne Allard (R-CO) called for the promotion of female leadership at the academy. To date, almost 60 women have come forward alleging rape or sexual assault at the academy, where women comprise roughly 16 percent of its 4,000 cadets, reported the Washington Post. Two internal investigations are pending. A third by the Pentagon will commence next week, according to USA Today.
Media Resources: Washington Post 3/25/03; NY Times 3/26/03; Reuters 3/26/03; USA Today 3/26/03; Feminist Daily News
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. . . .