The Silent Truth: murders of women in the military

Thanks to Ann Wright for sharing the links to two articles on violence against women in the military.  The first article discusses a new documentary The Silent Truth, about the murder of LaVena Johnson and subsequent cover up.  Ann has worked with the Johnson family to seek the truth and justice and was a consultant on the film.

Sadly, the violence against women in the military continues at an epidemic rate. The Fayetteville Observer wrote:

Two Fort Bragg soldiers have been charged in connection with the July death of a fellow paratrooper who was fatally stabbed in the chest during a deployment to Iraq, the Army announced Tuesday.

Spc. Nicholas Bailey, 23, of Pflugerville, Texas, and Spc. Tyler Cain, 21, of North Carolina, were charged last Wednesday in connection with the death of Spc. Morganne McBeth, a combat medic who died at Al Asad Air Base on July 2. Only Bailey is charged with involuntary manslaughter in McBeth’s death; Cain is charged with lying to investigators.

There needs to be a critical examination of the culture of militarism.  How does the military as an institution and as a force that has permeated many aspects of our lives create such atrocity producing situations?

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