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Tuesday, November 11

Douchebags of the Week

TRICARE- The Pentagon's Military Health System for active duty members.

TRICARE does not pay for rape kits. Women in the military are twice as likely to be raped as their civilian counterparts. They are more likely to be raped than killed in active duty. In a West La VA Healthcare center, it was reported that 41% of women said they were sexually assaulted while in the military and 29% said that they were raped.

It's not easy to get anyone to do anything about it though.
In July, a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing subpoenaed Kaye Whitley, director of the Pentagon's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), to explain what the department is doing to stop the escalating sexual violence in the military. Her boss, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, ordered her not to appear.

Whitley was finally made available to the committee on Sept. 10, but only after having been threatened with a contempt citation.
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finally, she had to admit that in 2007 there were 2,688 sexual assaults in the military, including 1,259 reports of rape. Just 8 percent (181) of those cases were referred to courts martial, compared to a civilian prosecution rate of 40 percent. And almost half of those cases were dismissed without investigation.
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As far back as 1995, Reuters reported that "Ninety percent of women under 50 who have served in the U.S. military and who responded to a survey report being victims of sexual harassment, and nearly one-third of the respondents of all ages say they have been raped."

Furthermore, the Pentagon acknowledges that 80 percent of military rapes are not reported in the first place, suggesting that the actual number, if it were known, would be astronomical.
I recommend reading the whole article and letting your congresscritters know that you know what is going on.

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Speaking of douchebags, read The New Trough by the fabulous Naomi Klein for everything you wanted to know about how private contractors cashed in on the bailout.

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