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Recent stories about sexual assault in the military

Paul Henderson, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who championed the underdog, dies at 79

Paul Henderson, a former Stars and Stripes reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize at The Seattle Times for a series of meticulously researched stories that kept an innocent man from prison, has died. He was 79.


No jail for Baylor student accused of fraternity party rape

The woman who accused him of repeatedly raping her at a 2016 fraternity house party expressed outrage at the plea agreement and described the county's justice system as "severely broken."


Domestic slayings: Brutal and foreseeable

Ciera Jackson filed for a restraining order, claiming in court documents that her ex-boyfriend, Victor Whittier, had sent a series of threatening text messages and then lurked outside her home. Eleven days later, Jackson was dead.


At scene of South Sudan mass rape, 'no one could hear me'

Shock and outrage followed when the medical charity Doctors Without Borders announced that 125 women and girls had been raped, whipped and clubbed over 10 days last month.


Airman, former fullback at Air Force Academy, sentenced to 10 years for sexual assault

Former Air Force fullback D.J. Johnson was sentenced to 10 years of confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and dismissal from the military for being convicted on two charges of sexual assault.


Air Force investigating bizarre gate-crashing incident at Nellis in Nevada

At least two civilians recently drove unchallenged through the main gate at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., the first act in a bizarre unfolding of kidnapping and sexual-assault allegations made and then retracted, according to multiple news reports.


Vermont National Guard chief vows accountability amid reports of misconduct

The head of the Vermont National Guard is disputing the characterization of the guard's culture that was reported in a series of articles by a news organization.


He’s in prison for murdering Michael Jordan’s father. New evidence could change everything.

This week in North Carolina, attorneys argued for a new trial in the 1993 carjacking death of James Jordan, the father of NBA supernova Michael Jordan.


He says he didn't kill a sailor's daughter in 1984. But his back tattoo says he did, state argues.

After 30 years, a Florida man is being tried on charges of raping and murdering a 10-year-old.


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The Senate is packed with Trump’s potential 2020 challengers

The top tier of Democratic hopefuls includes a quartet of senators preparing for a campaign with powerful fundraising networks, viral Twitter accounts, and strong ambitions: Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.


A soldier's roommate sketched a map to take a neo-Nazi group they were in down. What path officials took is a mystery.

During an interrogation, Devon Arthurs warned of Atomwaffen Division’s violent ambitions and said repeatedly that the organization had attracted U.S. military personnel as members and was aiming to recruit more. Some experts see the case as evidence that federal agencies are understaffed and out of position in confronting the threat of white supremacist terrorism.


Okinawa-based Marine faces multiple sexual-assault charges in April incident

A member of the Okinawa-based III Marine Expeditionary Force must answer to multiple charges in the April sexual assault of a female Marine who was reportedly too intoxicated to consent.


USS Ronald Reagan sailor gets two-year sentence after assaulting fellow sailor, strangling civilian

Petty Officer 3rd Class Steven Garcia was originally charged with two counts of abusive sexual contact causing bodily harm but pleaded down to the assault charges in a pre-trial agreement with prosecutors.


National Guardsman deployed to border tried to rape colleague, police say

A National Guardsman tried to rape a female colleague at a West Texas motel this week, authorities say.


Tough talk, tough women: New House members come together to form 'The Badasses'

Last week, a record-breaking 102 women were elected to the House of Representatives. That historic number includes a handful of female veterans and other service candidates, many of whom befriended each other on the campaign trail, fundraised together and ultimately dubbed themselves “The Badasses.”


American Legion post removes Instagram graphic asking women to thank vets by exposing their breasts

The graphic posted on an account run by members of a California American Legion post featured the words “THANK A VET SHOW THEM YOUR BOOBS!” over an American flag. It drew multiple complaints from veterans.


The role of PTSD in mass shootings –– a Q&A

Psychology experts say it is premature to suggest that Thousand Oaks shooter Ian David Long suffered from PTSD — or that it could have prompted him to open fire in a bar packed with young adults.


Soldier found guilty of first-degree murder in triple homicide with ties to 'furry' community

Joshua Acosta was found guilty killings of Christopher Yost, 34, his wife, Jennifer Yost, 39, and their friend, Arthur “Billy” Boucher, 28, who prosecutors said were ambushed and executed while they slept in a Fullerton home in the early morning of Sept. 24, 2016.


After mass shooting, experts warn against linking PTSD with propensity for violence

Monitoring active service members for mental health issues, including PTSD, is a relatively new initiative, said Retired USMC Col. Willy Buhl, who served as commanding officer of the Wounded Warrior Regiment at Quantico from 2012 to 2014.


Deceased brothel owner Dennis Hof wins state assembly seat in Nevada

On Monday, the Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof was laid to rest in a lipstick-red casket strewn with roses. A floral arrangement approximating the silhouettes of two mating rabbits marked his grave. The next day, he was elected to the Nevada State Assembly.


Air Force expands basic training course to focus on readiness, lethality

The changes to BMT’s final week — once called Airmen’s Week — are the latest in a series of improvements since the beginning of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.


'I was angry and I sent it': Fourth Kavanaugh accuser referred to FBI after recanting

Sen. Chuck Grassley asked the federal authorities on Friday to investigate another person he says made false claims against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The letter marks the fourth request Grassley has made of federal authorities to investigate those involved in the controversial Kavanaugh proceedings.


Clinton accuser fights a legacy of being doubted

In 1993, Kathleen Willey had been a White House volunteer when, she told friends and colleagues, President Bill Clinton kissed and groped her against her will. When the allegations were leaked nearly four years later, Willey was thrust into the political scandal of the century.


Woman who produced child porn for Fort Bliss soldier sentenced to 25 years in prison

Faith Mitchell Chavez was sentenced to a quarter of a century in prison after pleading guilty to taking sexually explicit photos of underage relatives and sending them to a Fort Bliss Army sergeant.


Army sergeant gets life without parole for slaying his soldier wife

Sgt. Maliek Kearney traveled to Maryland in August 2015 to kill his wife, 24-year-old Pfc. Karlyn Ramirez. Prosecutors say Ramirez, assigned to Fort Meade in Maryland, was found fatally shot at her home with their 4-month-old daughter by her body, unharmed.


Study reveals Navy installations carry most risk of sexual assault, but not why

A Rand Corp. report requested by the Department of Defense and published last month offered a glimpse at where sexual assault was happening in the military, but experts say it failed to answer one of the most important questions: Why?


Marines’ #MeToo moment: Tribunal to decide fate of officer accused of sexual harassment

On Thursday, Marine Corps Maj. David Cheek adamantly denied charges of making blatant sexual overtures to two women he supervised after one accuser just as forcefully rejected the assertion she had made up her story.


Senator demands probe of website that promotes nude photos of female servicemembers

Sen. Claire McCaskill, ranking Democrat for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is calling for a probe of hotmilitarygirls.com — a site appears to be operated out of Canada and shares suggestive photos and videos of women who are servicemembers or their partners.


Battleground House districts remain close in new poll

The latest survey shows only a marginal change in the race during October, with 50 percent currently supporting the Democratic candidate in their district and 47 percent backing the Republican.


Saudi Arabia transfers $100 million to US amid crisis over Khashoggi

The U.S. received a payment of $100 million from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to discuss the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a State Department official confirmed Wednesday amid global calls for answers in the case.


After porn star's lawsuit thrown out, trump refers to Stormy Daniels as 'Horseface'

President Donald Trump this week added "Horseface" to a long list of unflattering references to women, including: Fat, ugly, disgusting, "that dog," ''a 10," ''no longer a 10," a slob, "Miss Piggy," ''Miss Housekeeping," wacky and crazy.


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Trump gives Civil War history at Ohio rally, describes Grant and Lee as 'great' generals

President Donald Trump embarked on a lesson of the Civil War while speaking to an audience in Ohio on Friday, praising generals on both sides and telling the story of President Lincoln's relationship with Ulysses S. Grant in characteristically populist terms.


Report on sexual harassment at Navy's Christmas bash rebukes CNO for lack of timely action

hief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson was rebuked on Friday over his mishandling of a case involving the misconduct of an aide at a boozy Christmas party inside the Pentagon during which Richardson's spokesman, dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, slapped a civilian woman’s buttocks.


Former Army Ranger approaches congressional campaign like a military mission

Jesse Colvin is approaching his quest to unseat Rep. Andy Harris, R, in Maryland's solidly red 1st Congressional District the way one might expect a former military intelligence officer would chase an elusive target. But it could be an ill-fated mission for the first-time candidate.


Air Force Academy adds charges against cadet already facing sexual assault court-martial

An Air Force Academy cadet already awaiting court-martial for sexual assault will face additional sexual misconduct charges at an evidence hearing Tuesday.


ANALYSIS

Scott AFB colonel accused of sexual misconduct got a common punishment — retirement

“This is the Air Force’s 71st birthday and they’ve never court-martialed a general officer,” said retired Col. Don Christensen, a former top prosecutor for the Air Force. “There have been plenty worthy, but the more senior you get the more people you know making these decisions.”


Veterans who are victims of domestic, sexual violence would see more help under proposed bill

H.R. 6869, the Violence Against Women Veterans Act, would help connect veterans to local resources, generate more data on what fuels such violence in the ranks and trigger new reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs to address domestic violence, according to the bill’s sponsor.


2 female Arizona Senate candidates on a Kavanaugh tightrope

In a small office full of Democratic women steamed over Brett Kavanaugh, Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema carefully avoided telling reporters whether she thought sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee were true.


'Don't fall for it': Trump tweets that 'rude elevator screamers are paid professionals'

Some of the women protesting are members of or paid staffers for activist groups. Ana Maria Archila, one of the two women who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator last week, is co-executive director of the nonprofit Center for Popular Democracy Action. She said Friday that if Trump "wants to say I have a job where I advocate for justice, he is right."


Lawsuit by former Kirtland Air Force Base employee says sexual assault charge is groundless

The former director of the Air Force's School for Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies at Kirtland Air Force Base accused of sexually assaulting his child has filed a lawsuit, claiming the false accusations have ruined his career and traumatized his children.


Tensions over Kavanaugh drive Senate into tightened security

Tensions over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and sexual assault allegations against him have driven the Senate to a heightened security posture, as some lawmakers fended off protesters and others saw their personal information released online.


Ousted Scott AFB colonel takes plea deal in sexual assault case; will be disciplined

Col. John Howard agreed to accept discipline without a military trial in a process known as “non-judicial punishment proceedings.”


Former FBI agents say there are clues to follow from dramatic Kavanaugh hearing

Former FBI officials expressed confidence Friday that agents could quickly interview key witnesses and track down potential leads into Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both high school students in the early 1980s.


'I'm done being silent': Woman says Washington state lawmaker raped her in 2007

A woman has accused a Washington state lawmaker of raping her 11 years ago, saying she was inspired to speak out as she watched the televised allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The lawmaker denied the claim.


Fort Drum focuses on prevention and response in wake of sexual assault report

Fort Drum officials believe they’ve made strides in recent years in supporting victims on post, despite a national report putting Fort Drum at the top of the list for sexual assault risks.


Defense spending bill approved by House

“It is vital that we pass this agreement this week and have it signed into law,” said Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. “The men and women of our armed forces deserve no less.”


Appeals court overturns Guardsman's harassment conviction

Hawaii officials had charged National Guard member Burt Calaycay in 2014 with petty misdemeanor harassment involving a 17-year-old female Youth Challenge Academy cadet and with two counts of misdemeanor sexual assault for having sexual contact with another 17-year-old female cadet.


Congress nears final approval of defense spending bill

The defense budget moves on two tracks: the annual NDAA directs policy and spending plans for the military, while the defense appropriations bill is what actually moves money to the Pentagon.


New military sexual assault report finds highest risks on Navy ships, certain larger bases

A wide-ranging study of sexual assault and harassment among military ranks found the biggest risks are on a few of its largest bases, especially for the Army and Marine Corps. The greatest risk, however, is on the Navy’s fleet of ships.


JROTC instructor charged in sexual assaults of two female students

A 52-year-old JROTC instructor at Charlotte’s Independence High was being held on $630,000 bail. He was charged with six counts of indecent liberties with a student and three counts of indecent liberties with a minor, jail records show.


By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 8, 2013

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