Sexual Assault in the Military

Congress Has a Bone to Pick with the VA

Congress Has a Bone to Pick with the VA

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 10:39am
Last month, the ACLU and the Service Women's Action Network, with support from the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Clinic, released a report documenting the discrimination experienced by military veterans who file disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by military sexual violence. Battle for Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Violence analyzes new data obtained from the VA by SWAN, the ACLU, and the ACLU of Connecticut as a result of Freedom of Information Act litigation we filed three years ago.
Battle for Veterans' Disability Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Violence

Battle for Veterans' Disability Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Violence

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 9:05am

Ruth Moore was raped by her supervisor while serving in the Navy. After she left the service, she fought for 23 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA") before obtaining disability benefits based on the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD")…

On This 4th of July: Liberty and Justice For All!

On This 4th of July: Liberty and Justice For All!

By Hannah Brudney, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 6:26am

In early June, Susan Herman, the president of the ACLU, gave a speech to the U.S. Army War College in which she discussed the ACLU's work on a broad range of important military issues, including two on which the ACLU's Women's Rights Project works: the exclusion of women from combat and sexual assault in the military.

Truly Dishonorable: Military Justice System Betrays Survivors of Sexual Assault

Truly Dishonorable: Military Justice System Betrays Survivors of Sexual Assault

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 4:49pm

Rebekah Havrilla, a former Army sergeant, received no justice after she was raped by a fellow soldier while serving in Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, Rebekah testified before the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee at a hearing on military…

We Must Honor the Service of All Veterans, Including Sexual Assault Victims

We Must Honor the Service of All Veterans, Including Sexual Assault Victims

By Sandra Park, ACLU at 4:55pm

Twenty-three years.  That’s how long it took Ruth Moore, who served in the Navy, was raped by her supervisor, and suffers from night terrors, panic attacks, and insomnia, to obtain disability compensation. On Wednesday, the Subcommittee…

On the Agenda: Week of May 7-13, 2012

On the Agenda: Week of May 7-13, 2012

By Rekha Arulanantham, ACLU at 1:38pm

Congress is back, so we’re looking at a busy schedule this week.

As we mentioned last week, this Wednesday the House Armed Services Committee will mark up this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. We’re keeping a close…

Note to Military: Sexual Assault Includes Rape

Note to Military: Sexual Assault Includes Rape

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:59pm

The government has turned a blind eye to these crimes has allowed them to continue, imperiling the lives of victims and degrading their service.

Exposing the Ugly Details of the Military Sexual Violence Epidemic

Exposing the Ugly Details of the Military Sexual Violence Epidemic

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Rachel Natelson, Service Woman's Action Network at 5:08pm

On Monday, a federal court judge heard oral arguments in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case brought by the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) and the ACLU seeking records from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs regarding…

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