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Protect Our Defenders responds to AP story that ran in PNJ today

Protect Our Defenders responds to AP story that ran in PNJ today

Today the Pensacola News Journal reported on an Associated Press report released yesterday that revealed in shocking detail the military's flawed and insufficient handling of over 1,000 sex crimes that were reported by service members stationed in Japan between 2005 and 2013. The story pointed [...]

Bipartisan bill announced to deal with military sexual assaults

Bipartisan bill announced to deal with military sexual assaults

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-CA) held a press conference this morning to discuss her bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA). The legislation would remove the decision to prosecute rape and sexual assault cases from a conflicted and often-biased chain of command, and put it into [...]

IN cover #3: Not Invisible Anymore, The Reality of Rape in the Military

IN cover #3: Not Invisible Anymore, The Reality of Rape in the Military

Sexual assaults in the military and how poorly the military command has handled them were big national stories. We found that the rapes were also happening closer to home on bases in Northwest Florida. Read more.

Viewpoint: Bring Fairness to Military’s Sexual Assault Process

Viewpoint: Bring Fairness to Military’s Sexual Assault Process

SIDING WITH GILLIBRAND ON HOW TO BRING CLEAR FAIRNESS TO THE MILITARY’S SEXUAL ASSAULT PROCESS By Phyllis Hain In the U.S. Senate, two female Democratic senators (Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand) are championing two distinct ways to curb the longtime epidemic of sexual assaults in the [...]

City fails public service test on Veterans Day parade

City fails public service test on Veterans Day parade

When faced with a request, government bureaucracies talk about budgets and workloads. Public servants ask how can they help. The Florida Department of Transportation made the decision to enforce state laws requiring at a MOT (Maintenance of Traffic) certified by an engineer when parades use or [...]

Commissioner May comes to aid of parade organizers

The daily newspaper has an article on how the volunteers that have organized the Pensacola Veterans Day believe that they have been given the runaround by the city of Pensacola. The Florida Department of Transportation toughened requirements this year for its “Maintenance of Traffic” [...]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell research

Press Release: University of West Florida faculty members with the social work and anthropology departments are currently conducting research regarding life after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” for active duty military and veterans. The study explores any changes for lesbian, gay, bisexual or [...]

City of Pensacola slow to spend BP grant for Veterans Memorial Park

City of Pensacola slow to spend BP grant for Veterans Memorial Park

Through a public records request we got the accounting for the BP grant for the renovation of the Veterans Memorial Park on Bayfront Parkway. As of August 8, the city had only spent $45,000 of the $215,000 that it has received from a $360,000 BP tourism grant. That money has been spent for lighting [...]

Male victims battle memories of sexual assault in the military

Male victims battle memories of sexual assault in the military

In April, I reported for the Independent News on high number of sexual assaults in our military, "Not Invisible Anymore." Not all the victims are females. I interviewed a Marine combat engineer, who was raped in Okinawa, Japan nearly 40 years ago and now lives in Pensacola. Bill, who asked to [...]

Heroes Among Us

By Brandy Volovecky The Pensacola Marine Corps League J.R. Spears Detachment 066 continues its “Heroes Among Us” speaker series on June 28 at 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. The series, which started last month, features a different speaker on the last Friday of every month until [...]

Sexual assaults in military are up, alarmingly

Sexual assaults in military are up, alarmingly

A survey released by the Pentagon yesterday estimates that sexual assaults in the military have increased over 36 percent since 2010--jumping from 19,000 people in the armed forces assaulted in 2010 to 26,000. The sharp rise has drawn the ire of President Obama and Congress. At a White House [...]

Another sexual assault by Air Force officer

Another sexual assault by Air Force officer

Stars and Stripes reports that the chief of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention and response branch--Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski-- was arrested by Arlington, Va. police this weekend and charged with sexual battery. Krusinski, 41, is accused of approaching a woman in a parking lot and [...]

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