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AAUW stands with survivors of military sexual abuse

2013 February 15

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.

AAUW activist Holly Kearl, author of "Stop Street Harassment," will be a keynote speaker at AAUW Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2013.

AAUW activist Holly Kearl, author of “Stop Street Harassment,” will be a keynote speaker at AAUW Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2013.

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.

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  1. emma hawthorne permalink
    February 22, 2013

    The problem is women are talking about military rape but are only covering the victims that are in the military. Many wives, girlfriends and other women (and kids) are victims of rape by the US military. Many in relationships are also victims of domestic violence from these men and the military protects them no matter what.

    Ohio has a lot of men that were in the service who get out and go to college and continue to rape, knowing how to get away with it. All young women should be warned about what is going on not only before they enlist but also what these guys are taught.

    http://www.theusmarinesrape.com/HideTheTruth.html
    http://www.change.org/petitions/armed-forces-committee-both-senate-and-congressional-warn-all-potential-enlistees-of-sexual-assault-problem-in-military

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