GOP Congressman says Senator Gillibrand’s bill is for attention, not about military sexual assault

Ohio Republican and co-chairman of the Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, said:

She seriously misrepresents the circumstances of the Defense Department, because she ignores the legislation that was passed…. I think at this point, it’s certainly not an issue of sexual assault, it’s just an issue of the senator wanting to promote her solution that has already lost. I think she’s getting a whole lot of attention for a debate that’s over.

Seriously, Kirsten. Turner is over it. Shouldn’t you be? What is so important about the chain of command any way? Well, under the chain of command status quo, a victim of rape or sexual assault reports the crime to his her or superior. This means the person deciding how to proceed with the case will know the person reporting the crime. If the perpetrator of the crime is in the same unit, which is the case for 25% of women and 27% of men who are victims of sexual assault, that means that the superior will know the perpetrator or, even worse, will actually be the perpetrator. In other words the current system makes it so you may have to report your rape to your rapist. And if you think the system doesn’t exactly encourage people to come forward, you’re right. It silences them. According to the Department of Defense, among the women who did not report experiencing unwanted sexual contact,  “47% said fear of retaliation or reprisal prevented them from reporting. 43% heard about negative experiences from other victims who had reported. 50% thought nothing would be done.” And their fears were well-founded; 62% of the women who did report their assault experienced retaliation. So, an overwhelming majority of victims decide to stay silent. And the majority of those who make the brave and painful decision to report their rape or assault are punished for doing so. This system encourages silence at best–and revenge at worst.

via GOP Congressman says Senator Gillibrand’s bill is for attention, not about military sexual assault.

H5N1: OCHA: An overview of plague in Madagascar

Every year, between 300 to 1,200 suspected cases of plague are reported mainly in areas of the central highlands of the country. The country has experienced since October 2013 a rougher plague season. The beginning of the season has been plague especially marked by the outbreak of deadly pneumonic plague in two districts ( Mandritsara and Ikongo ). These two districts were little affected these recent years, but they are characterized by a large landlocked and by poor health coverage , which explains the appearance of the form pulmonary highly contagious.

via H5N1: OCHA: An overview of plague in Madagascar.

Settlers destroy 700 olive tree saplings near Ramallah | Maan News Agency

Extremist settlers destroyed over 700 newly planted olive tree saplings north of Ramallah on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that a group of settlers from the illegal outpost of Ade Ad carried out the attack.

Over 700 saplings belonging to Mahmoud and Rabah Hizma were either uprooted or broken in the al-Sadir area in Turmusayya.

An identity card belonging to one of the perpetrators was found at the scene.

via Settlers destroy 700 olive tree saplings near Ramallah | Maan News Agency.

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Heaven Doesn’t Need a Key

O’ alien extremist,

You make your world hell,

wear an iron key.

You take innocent lives,

ruin the real world with your touch.

You inhale

To get to Heaven,

A place you’ve never seen

How can you make a castle in heaven,

When you cannot build a simple house in this world?

How can you make your creator happy,

When you make so many cry?

How can you get to an imaginary heaven

When you cannot think of a worldly paradise?

That’s not heaven that you think of,

But an imaginary, ignorant world,

of darkness. Because Heaven can only

be opened by love,


Patience that you have never heard of.


The key is within you.

Open Heaven’s door with love,

With kindness, honesty.

Find paradise where you are.

By Kamilah

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Heaven Doesn’t Need a Key.