AAUW stands with survivors of military sexual abuse
On Jan. 23, the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the widespread sexual misconduct at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where all members of the Air Force attend basic training. AAUW Board of Directors member Kathy Braeman and Program Manager Holly Kearl tried to attend the hearing, but most of the seats were reserved for members of the military, so they had to watch it on television from an overflow room.
Kearl wrote a blog post about the hearing that focused on how the Air Force said they did not talk with the survivors who had come forward before they made recommendations for improvement. How can they hope to fix a crime without talking to survivors of that crime? Her post led to an interview and an invitation to write for the Huffington Post about the military sexual assault survivors who are participating in the LAF-supported lawsuits.
Kearl will be a keynote speaker at AAUW Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2013.