A bill has been proposed by Senator Gillibrand to remove rape reporting from the chain of command and put military prosecutors in charge of deciding what should happen to the accused (rather than the officer that stands to gain or lose something); A process, which results in less than .o1% of military sexual assault cases going to trial. This is the equivalent of having to tell your boss or your boss' boss (who may have hired your boss and is friends with your boss) only if you've been sexually assaulted by your boss, but not having any legal recourse in the justice system. This bill is being blocked by prominent male and female senators.
St. Louis County residents devoted taxes to treat child trauma and now hundreds of abused children are being served for free and new clinicians are being trained. A model for other cities?
Which figure shocks you the most?
This power point presentation from the NoVo Foundation has an amazing review of the literature on current US and global estimates of violence against women including rape, trafficking, child marriages, female genital mutilation, and child pregnancy, and the need to invest in women and girls education and medical treatment.
Interesting conversation starter about how we look at drunk women. Ever notice how men swarm around the drunk girl at the club who can barely walk at the end of the night, but aren't as interested in her friends that are holding her up? Ever notice how tv shows constantly make jokes about buying girls lots of drinks or waiting to find the girl at last call while usually the person making the comments is not drinking or is pretty sober? What messages are we sending out about consensual sex if we are waiting for someone's decision making ability to be impaired and are seeking them out? How do you define predatory behavior?
Interesting article on the high prevalence of serial rapists on college campuses.
Megan Garza, MA, LMFT is a certified Specialist in Treating Trauma at a Supervisory level and is Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in work with sexual abuse survivors.