House Considers Bill to Help Military Rape Survivors
Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) recently reintroduced legislation allocating three years of funds to improve the military's response to rape cases. The bill, H.R. 4077, is known as the Preventing Sexual Assaults in the Military Act of 2005. It aims to cover the costs of processing the backlog of DNA evidence, improving DNA testing procedures, providing sufficient numbers of forensic evidence kits to military academies and bases, and ensuring that either a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner or Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner is on duty at all times in each academy, base, or theater of operations.
“Rapes and sexual assaults are far too common in both civilian life and the military,” Maloney said. “This legislation will bring proper medical care to military rape victims and will bring justice by using DNA technology to identify perpetrators.”
Media Resources: H.R. 4077, Press Release from the Office of Carolyn Maloney
7/24/2014 From Passion to Progress Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists - Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) staff, two congresswomen, and over a hundred DC interns came together yesterday for FMF's Intern Student/Activist briefing in Dirksen Senate building to discuss how to put a women's rights agenda into action.
Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal. . . .