Military Interference in Sexual Assault Case of Captain Erin Scanlon at Fort Bragg

The U.S. Army is still failing in its responsibility to investigate and prosecute sexual harassment and assault charges brought by Captain Erin Scanlon.

Months after her alleged rapist was acquitted, Scanlon filed a claim against the Army on grounds that her case was mishandled at Fort Bragg. The military denied the claim, citing the controversial Feres Doctrine, which prevents those who are injured as a result of military service from suing the government.

The Military Failed Vanessa Guillen and Others. It Must Do Better.

Right before her death, Vanessa Guillén told her family that she had been sexually harassed by superiors. She didn’t report it, fearing retribution. Reporting sexual harassment and sexual assaults in the military goes up the chain of command—particularly useless if the perpetrator is a superior.

Since Guillén’s murder was confirmed, current and past service members who experienced sexual assault and harassment have shared their own stories with the viral #IAmVanessaGuillen.

NEWSFLASH: New Legislation Would Protect Military Whistleblowers

On Thursday, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) along with Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would protect military whistleblowers who come forward with allegations of sexual assault and other wrongdoing. The Legal Justice for Servicemembers Act is similar to a bill drafted by Boxer in the 80s, the […]

Military Rape Report Card: Still Failing

The latest annual study on military sexual assault from the Department of Defense (DOD) shows that reports of such assault rose 8 percent since 2013. Perhaps even more striking, however, is that the incidence of retribution against those who report sex crimes is a stunning 62 percent. That means service members who came forward with […]