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Scathing Review of Sexual Assault at VA Facilities Released

Posted by on Jun 11, 2011 in About Face, Danielle Armor | 1 comment

This week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a scathing report detailing how the Department of Veterans Affairs is failing at both preventing and tracking sexual assaults at VA facilities across the country. The report focused on a lack of oversight, inconsistent procedures, and weaknesses in protective measures. The report went on to enumerate numerous problems and made recommendations for how the VA might start to address...

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Evidence Mounts For Lifting the Ban Against Women in Combat

Posted by on Jun 9, 2011 in About Face, Danielle Armor | 0 comments

Following the Military Leadership Diversity Commission’s recommendation that women should be allowed in combat positions, there has been considerable debate about whether the DoD ought to integrate this recommendation into practice. For the past 9 years women have been “attached” to combat units, effectively skirting the ban on women in combat. Lifting the ban would allow women to be formally assigned to combat roles, thereby giving women...

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Senator Murray Discusses What Congress Can Do for Veterans

Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 in About Face, Danielle Armor | 0 comments

Senator Patty Murray, the chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, went on CNN’s State of the Union to discuss what Congress needs to do in order to address the needs of veterans. She and Candy Crowley discuss high rates of joblessness and homelessness, stigma, mandatory job training, the lengthy benefits and appeals process, and suicide and other mental health issues. Watch to hear her thoughts and check out SWAN’s...

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Take a Stand – Anu Bhagwati at the Nobel Women’s Initiative

Posted by on May 31, 2011 in About Face, Danielle Armor | 0 comments

Last week, SWAN’s Executive Director Anu Bhagwati attended the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference, “Women Forging a New Security: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict”. See her speak about taking a stand against sexual violence: Learn more about the Nobel Women’s Initiative and their work in support of women’s rights around the world....

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National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Posted by on Apr 1, 2011 in About Face, Danielle Armor | 1 comment

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and this year’s theme is “It’s time … to get involved.” It is no longer enough to be aware that sexual violence is a problem – we must be actively working towards preventing violence, supporting survivors, and holding perpetrators accountable. This morning President Obama issued a proclamation stating that: We must ensure our police, prosecutors, and courts...

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Women Veterans Report Dissatisfaction With VA

Posted by on Mar 25, 2011 in About Face, Danielle Armor | 0 comments

Earlier this week the American Legion released the results of a survey of women veterans’ opinions on VA services. They found that 25% of women have been dissatisfied with their experiences using VA health care, and 40% were dissatisfied with the screening for Military Sexual Trauma. Numerous personal stories have been published detailing what obstacles women veterans encounter when they do try to obtain services, including Jennifer Hunt’s...

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Posted by on Mar 8, 2011 in About Face, Danielle Armor | 0 comments

Equals, a coalition of UK-based charities that focus on obtaining equality for women, has released a fantastic video in honor of International Women’s Day. Watch it below and visit the International Women’s Day website to learn more about how to get involved, events worldwide, and the 100-year history of the...

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