Posts Tagged: Women

Air Force Sergeant called a sexual predator

On top of the  spate of F-22 Raptor accidents and hypoxia incidents, the Air Force is also contending with a high profile sex predator trial.   The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports “Air Force Sergeant in base sex-assault scandal is a predator, prosecutor says” (July 17, 2012): A sergeant charged with sexually assaulting female recruits at the… Read more »

Hawai’i Delegation Report Back from the 8th Meeting of the International Network of Women Against Militarism

WOMEN’S VOICES WOMEN SPEAK C/O HAWAI‘I PEACE & JUSTICE 2426 O‘AHU AVENUE HONOLULU HI 96822 WVWS808.BLOGSPOT.COM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2012 Contact: Terri Keko‘olani 808-227-1621 Eri Oura 808-542-0348 Hawai‘i Women Share Experiences from Puerto Rico (Honolulu, O‘ahu). Four Hawai‘i women returned home recently after meeting with other members of the International Women’s Network… Read more »

Soldier suicides hit record high in 2011

The social and human costs of U.S. wars and military policies are coming due.  The New York Times reported that “Active-Duty Soldiers Take Their Own Lives at Record Rate”: Suicides among active-duty soldiers hit another record high in 2011, Army officials said on Thursday, although there was a slight decrease if nonmobilized Reserve and National… Read more »

Accidents, Rapes, Murders, Suicides, Guns and Explosives

Here is a sampling of recent news stories related to crimes and accidents involving military personnel. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported “Motorcyclist killed in Ewa Beach was decorated Army sergeant” (1/06/2012): The city Medical Examiner’s Office today identified the 27-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier who died in a motorcycle accident Thursday as Aaron Bennett. Bennett, from… Read more »

Rape in the US military: America’s dirty little secret secret

The Guardian published an excellent article on the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. Here are some astounding facts: Rape within the US military has become so widespread that it is estimated that a female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be attacked by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. So… Read more »

Pearl Harbor-Hickam man held in alleged sex assault at Ala Moana

Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that a 24-year old man, “who lives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, was arrested pending charges of first-degree sexual assault, unauthorized entry into a vehicle, fourth-degree theft and criminal property damage.”  The victim alleges that “the man entered her vehicle without her permission and sexually assauilted her about 3 a.m. The… Read more »

“Living Along the Fenceline” in Jeju

The Stars and Stripes reports that “Naval base puts S. Korea’s ‘island of world peace’ in hot spot”: JEJU ISLAND, South Korea — This country’s southernmost major island is a study in contrasts. A popular tourist destination, Jeju boasts some of the world’s most beautiful scenery and is one of 28 finalists in an international… Read more »

Korea: U.S. soldier accused of raping teen released without arrest

The Hankyoreh newspaper reports: A female student in her teens was allegedly sexually assaulted by a drunk U.S. soldier in the middle of the night at her residence in Dongducheon, Gyeonggi Province. The same town was the site of a physical assault and attempted sexual assault on an old couple in February, also by a… Read more »

Hawaiʻi women’s action in solidarity with Jeju islanders Women’s Voices Women Speak Stand in Solidarity with Jeju Island Activists On Sept. 4, 2011, Women’s Voices Women Speak, Ann Wright, and a few friends gathered at the Korean Consulate of Hawai’i to hold a vigil in solidarity with peace activists on Jeju Island. This action was catalyzed by the current military and… Read more »

“Unfinished Business” – Twenty years since the Philippines kicked out U.S. bases, what is the Status of Forces?

The Interaksyon news website has an excellent two-part series entitled “Unfinished Business: Transforming the former U.S. military bases into zones of peace and development remains a challenge, 20 years after a historic Senate vote scrapped the PH-US bases treaty.” “Unfinished Business” by Joel C. Paredes begins: Veteran nationalist lawmaker Wigberto Tañada still vividly recalls when… Read more »