Tag Archives: Iraq War

Notes from a bitch…

TweetThis Veteran’s Day I am remembering one of the thousands of women who served. Pfc. LaVena Johnson was killed on July 19, 2005 in Iraq. The cause of her death is still being questioned. Her murder and the lack of information about it touch more than just those of us from her hometown. As the [...]
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Quick Hit: Top Female Afghani police assassinated

TweetFor a woman to be a high ranking police chief in Afghanistan is in fact a profound statement and considerable gain for women. So it is a statement that the Taliban assassinated one of the top female police officers in the country. An anti-woman statement. The police officer, Malalai Kakar, who was in her mid-40s [...]
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House hears testimony on military sexual assault

TweetYesterday the House held a hearing on sexual assault in the military, a topic we’ve written on repeatedly. Not just the insanely and disturbingly high rates of sexual assault, but the effect is has on female vets. Rep. Louise Slaughter reintroduced the Military Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Act, which would establish an Office of [...]
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15 percent of women in the military have suffered sexual trauma.

TweetSexualized violence comes with the territory of war. It is an age old tactic and also a byproduct of the pressure of war and the insistence on overt misogyny. So it is no surprise that according to the AP 15 percent of women that have served have experienced some form of sexual trauma. That shouldn’t [...]
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Take 2 minutes today for LaVena Johnson

Tweet And sign this petition. Tomorrow is the three-year anniversary of LaVena Johnson’s death (on July 19), which was ruled a suicide but was, in all likelihood, a rape and murder. Phillip Barron has been working incredibly hard to bring attention to her case. And you may have read about LaVena recently on Feministing, or [...]
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