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1 No power for 175,000 Michigan residents after storm leaves consumers at risk January 2, 2009 Read the story» Search in site... American News Distribution for Justice Tuesday, January 04, 2011 Submit Press Release Become a Member Sitemap Subscribe Home About: JNF News Contributors News Guidelines Personal Injury Law Mesothelioma FAQ s News PR Tips Auto Accident Brain Injury Business Litigation Colorado personal injury attorney Construction Accidents Criminal law Drug Related Injuries Employment Law Family Divorce Law Government Headline Health & Law Immigration Insurance Litigation Legal People Marketing Law Medical Malpractice Mesothelioma Asbestos Noticias español Personal Injury Press Release Product liability Regional Social responsibility Spinal Cord Injuries 1 of 5 1/4/11 5:33 PM

2 Top Stories Veteran Medical Malpractice World Wrongful Death Browse > Home / Justice News Flash, Press Release / Military s Refusal to Release Sexual Abuse Records Incites Lawsuit Military s Refusal to Release Sexual Abuse Records Incites Lawsuit :26:07 (GMT) (JusticeNewsFlash.com - Justice News Flash, Press Release) Print & Social Options Print Stumble it Digg it del.icio.us Facebook Buzz up! 12/15/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan New Haven, CT The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, along with the Service Women s Action Network and Yale Law School students, filed a lawsuit against the departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs, claiming the Pentagon has declined to release records related to sexual assault, harassment and/or trauma in the military. According to a recent Associated Press report, the 2 of 5 1/4/11 5:33 PM

3 plaintiffs, who filed lawsuit in New Haven on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, want access to these so-called rape records so the severity of the issue at hand can be brought to light. The lawsuit seeks to obtain records detailing the number of acquittals, convictions and sentences stemming from sexual assault cases. The plaintiffs also want to find out how many sexual harassment complaints were made and how many disability claims related to sexual trauma were accepted and rejected. According to Anuradha Bhagwati, executive director of the Service Women s Action Network (SWAN), The government s refusal to even take the first step of providing comprehensive and accurate information about the sexual trauma inflicted upon our women and men in uniform is all too telling. Bhagwati contended, The DOD and VA should put the interests of service members first and expose information on the extent of sexual trauma in the military to the sanitizing light of day. The lawsuit claims that while sexual assault and harassment is the leading cause of post-traumatic stress disorder in female soldiers, PTSD claims are often rejected for failing to prove the case. The suit also alleges the U.S. government prosecutes 40 percent of civilian sex offenders and only 8 percent of military sex offenders. The complaint alleges, Much of the information about the extent and cost of the (military sexual trauma) problem, along with the government s reluctance to prosecute offenders and treat victims, is not in the public sphere. The public has a compelling interest in knowing this information, given the potential enormity of the problem, the emotional and financial cost that it imposes on military service members and the increasing number of women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, the lawsuit added. The Department of Defense said it received 3,230 reports of sexual assaults from military service members during fiscal year Last year s tally represented an 11 percent jump from the year before. The DOD would not comment on pending litigation. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims military service members who report sexual abuse to their superiors are subject to social segregation, reprisal, and could even face false accusations of their own. Approximately 80 percent of sexual assault-related incidents go unreported and almost 35 percent of female soldiers have reported sexual harassment of some sort. The case is underway. Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Personal Injury. Media Information: 3 of 5 1/4/11 5:33 PM

4 Address: Phone: (866) Url: Sandra Quinlan: West Palm Beach Injury News Tags: American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, female soldiers, lawsuit, military sexual assault cases, personal injury lawyers, post traumatic stress disorder, sexual assault, sexual harassment complaints, sexual trauma Written by vision Filed Under Justice News Flash, Press Release Online Justice News Flash Legal News Distribution - JusticeNewsFlash.com Other News / Press Releases Pittsburgh PA Inmate Claims Guards Denied Her Epilepsy Medication, Files Lawsuit Miami Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested After Triple-Fatality Collision State trooper seriously injured in three-vehicle crash on Mass. Turnpike Illinois bridge construction accident on Route 146 killed Stonefort man Two workers pinned under 19,000-lb pipe in Little Rock; 1 killed Chicago laborer crushed to death under 6,000 lbs at Romeoville stone supplier Construction accident at Northern Michigan airport killed Prudenville man, 61 Orange MA Plane Crash Kills New Hampshire Woman, Injures Father Grand Rapids MI Multiple-Vehicle Crash Sends MSP Trooper to Hospital Mesothelioma Victim Names 95 Defendants in Asbestos Lawsuit Recent Posts Pittsburgh PA Inmate Claims Guards Denied Her Epilepsy Medication, Files Lawsuit Miami Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested After Triple-Fatality Collision State trooper seriously injured in three-vehicle crash on Mass. Turnpike Illinois bridge construction accident on Route 146 killed Stonefort man 4 of 5 1/4/11 5:33 PM

5 Two workers pinned under 19,000-lb pipe in Little Rock; 1 killed Justicenewsflash.com is comprised of news and articles contributed by: West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers, Business litigation attorneys, mesothelioma attorneys, construction accident attorneys, drug product liability lawyers, employment lawyers, medical malpractice lawyers, and family / divorce law specialists. To submit news please review Justice News Flash - Press Release Submission Guidelines. Personal Injury Lawyer Directory West Palm Beach Injury New Jersey Injury Bay Area Injury Torrance California serious injury Daytona Beach Injury Dallas Injury Chicago Injury Raleigh Miami Law New York City Injury Boston Injury Law North Carolina Law If you want to become a legal news contributor, please call our editorial contact News Providers: American Injury News JusticeNewsFlash on Google News New York Injury News Sitemap Video News Press Release Distribution, Law Attorneys JusticeNewsFlash.com - News Service Developed By: Vision Smart News 5 of 5 1/4/11 5:33 PM

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