August 4, 2008

Will LaVena Johnson Case Be Re-Opened by Congress?

UPDATE: LaVena Johnson's case did not come up during the July 31st hearing [source] other than a brief mention by Rep. Elijah Cummings [source]

Drumbeats from What About Our Daughters blog points us to a potential opportunity for movement on the LaVena Johnson case.

On Thursday, July 31 at 10:00 am, the Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled, “Oversight Hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military.” The hearing will take place in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building and is open to the public. This is a subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The full committee is chaired by Congressman Waxman. Our understanding is that the hearing will be webcast.

We've shared information on the subcommittee's report in the past. Momentum continues to grow in efforts to have LaVena's case re-opened by Congress!


clnmike said...

It's about time there was some movement on that.

Villager said...

Mike - You were on this story early (last year). I didn't get wind of it until a couple of weeks ago ... but, the momentum continues to build. We don't know if her case will be discussed during the hearing tomorrow. Hopefully our online activism will make a difference...

Symphony said...

I'm actually meeting with one of my representatives soon in person so I'll definitely bring this up.

I've blogged about violence against women in the military a few times. May I also add we not be so quick to want to get rid of the riff raff by putting them in the military.

As I said in a post on my blog regarding the military, we are professionals not a dumping ground. The Pentagon is giving more waivers for people who wouldn't otherwise get in because of breaking the law.

Certainly some of the recruits had juvenile records of theft and have changed. I hope this (and I'm researching) waiver requires a minimum of years with no run ins with the law before they can be accepted.

9 recruits had sexual assault convictions. How many colleges let sexual assault criminals live in their dorms? Why should they be allowed to live amongst women in barracks?

Not a dumping ground

Villager said...

Symphony - I'm heading over to see your post on military recruitment...