Growing evidence that violence against women in the military is adding urgency to the joint resolution on the issue by ACSWP and the PC(USA)’s Advocacy Committee on Women’s Concerns.
Ending sexual violence against women in the military must start now
Anyway, I just had to write down my frustration regarding hearing about sexual violence on the radio (and this is on NPR or PRI). It's always about "sexual violence against women on campuses" and "sexual violence against women in the military".
Violence against women in the military
Though not yet in final form, reports on such issues as peace discernment, violence against women in the military, the use of drones in warfare and for surveillance, tax reform and the city of Detroit as a microcosm for urban ills will soon be ready for review by the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board before heading on to the June 14-21 Assembly.
The Facts on the Military and Violence Against Women
Violence against women in the military does profound damage to the victims and to the integrity of the armed forces. A major is urgently required.As the tired rhetoric was repeated at this year's Remembrance ceremonies, we did not hear praise for the heroic women of the armed forces and RCMP who have shown what true courage is all about. These are the women who have spoken up about what makes their jobs so dangerous: not foreign enemies or domestic "radicals," but their fellow male officers and soldiers. Yes, the same institutions which enjoy carte blanche appreciation in Canada's national mythology are among the nation's most toxic, dangerous workplaces for women. Two recent examples of the epidemic of violence facing women in the Mounties and the military are the class-action lawsuit of some 400 current and former RCMP officers that is once again in a Vancouver courtroom this month, and the report on violence against women in the military by former Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps. The military's response to the Deschamps report, Operation Honour (Op Honour in warrior lingo), has already become an object of by soldiers at RMC, the War Dept. HQ, and other bases who have renamed it "Hop on Her." Perhaps this is no surprise given that former top dog at the War Dept., General Tom Lawson, CBC earlier this year that sexual assault exists because men are "biologically wired in a certain way."