Light punishment for assault at Fort ...

Light punishment for assault at Fort Lewis

There are 4 comments on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer story from Aug 26, 2009, titled Light punishment for assault at Fort Lewis. In it, Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that:

Taylor Mack woke up choking. She retched blood, spat out a tooth, and squinted through a fog of swollen pain.

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Susan Avila-Smith

Kent, WA

#1 Aug 28, 2009
The military will do everything it can to create a situation where no one who should be held accountable ever it.

Make the victim the criminal, and let them hang out to dry. Let the public (and the perpetrator) know where they are, and then drop it.

Holding the Post General accountable is what a civilian can do. We do that all the time.

Please keep this story moving through your friends and family - especially if they know a woman in the military - though statistics show that the total number of men raped in the military is higher.

This is a problem the Armed Forces will not fix.

Tell your friends before enlisting, if they are raped, "they are on their own."

Susan Avila-Smith
Director VetWow
Advocate for Victims of
Military Sexual Trauma
LaserLite

United States

#2 Oct 4, 2009
I see that the army still operates on the principle of Mind Over Matter.
They don't mind and You Don't Matter.

No change since the 60s.

'nuff said.

LaserLite
Pissed off Soldier

Tacoma, WA

#3 Oct 6, 2009
I don't know what happened in this case but I can tell you that the Army does take this very serious. Not only have I had to assist someone that was sexually assualted, I know for a fact the assualter was court martialed. And for you civilians that is a federal offense. Second, the Army has hired more prosecutors for the sole job of prosecuting sexual assualts. So before you put down the Army, please do your research and talk to the Fort Lewis Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program cordintator, who by the way is a civilian. We are not perfect but the Army is striving to combat this problem.
rapevictimofoffi cer

Suwon, Korea

#4 Mar 14, 2010
Well I can speak first hand on how the Army handles these cases. The system failed horribly for me. I am civilian married to a soldier and was raped by a soldier. The soldier who happens to be a high ranking officer. They did everything possible to try and cover it up. I was told in no uncertain terms not to play the victim, I am ONLY victim to a crime that may or may not have happened. The person who did this has a flawless record. No help from behavioral health, denied health care, the list goes on. After 12 different agents and still being passed along. No resolve over a year. So where is the justice in that. Protest your own I guess plays into that. I do NOT matter.

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