Really? Updated College Sexual Assault Prevention Guidelines are Federal Overreach?

by Zach Hudson, NSDP Communications Director

Remember Todd Akin, the GOP Senate candidate in Missouri who talked about “legitimate rape?”  Akin’s comments were ignorant, insensitive, and out-of-touch.  Which is why we were disappointed Nevada Republicans seem to be taking their cues on women’s health from Todd Akin.

Last week, the Republican nominee for Nevada Controller, Ron Knecht, wrote an op-ed where he essentially said new guidelines to prevent sexual assault on college campuses are an example of federal overreach.  He even blamed programs to prevent sexual assault for the increase in college tuition!

Let’s make sure Republicans like this never get elected to office – join Democrat Andrew Martin’s campaign for Controller by clicking here today.

Ron Knecht’s comments were moronic, but unfortunately not surprising.  Whether it’s Sen. Dean Heller’s support for restricting access to contraception, Rep. Joe Heck’s votes to ban abortion for rape victims and to weaken the Violence Against Women Act, or Nevada Republican Senate Leader, and former Tom DeLay operative, Michael Roberson, supporting “personhood” measures which could outlaw forms of birth control, Nevada Republicans time and time again demonstrate they are completely clueless when it comes to women’s health.

Fortunately, Nevadans have a clear choice in the election for State Controller.  While Ron Knecht is focused on criticizing programs to help sexual assault victims, Democratic nominee Andrew Martin will focus on managing the state’s finances.

Click here to join Andrew’s campaign and tell Nevada Republicans when it comes to women’s health decisions, #ItsNotUpToThem.

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GOP Darling, Marco Rubio, Voted Against VAWA

In a statement explaining “why” he voted against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Senator Marco Rubio clearly illustratedhis biases when he said,

“Unfortunately, I could not support the final, entire legislation that contains new provisions that could have potentially adverse consequences. Specifically, this bill would mandate the diversion of a portion of funding from domestic violence programs to sexual assault programs, although there’s no evidence to suggest this shift will result in a greater number of convictions. These funding decisions should be left up to the state-based coalitions that understand local needs best, but instead this new legislation would put those decisions into the hands of distant Washington bureaucrats in the Department of Justice. Additionally, I have concerns regarding the conferring of criminal jurisdiction to some Indian tribal governments over all persons in Indian country, including non-Indians.”

Decisions should be left to the states?  Those same “red” states that are clearly restricting womens’ rights?  And why in the world would he be against allowing tribal governments to prosecute domestic abusers and those who commit sexual assault on tribal lands?  Does he prefer to leave those incidents in nowhere land?  THAT is not leadership!

Oh yeah … and if he get’s a serious case of dry-mouth while standing alone in a room in front of a cameraman delivering a rehearsed speech, how much water is he gonna need to stand on a debate stage and attempt to debate Hillary Clinton?

Under the Reading Lamp — 4/18/2012

Tech Untaxed Report

Tax avoidance by wealthy high-tech firms is on the rise, a new report from The Greenlining Institute finds. Cash held overseas by tech firms rose 21% from 2010 to 2011. Apple’s 2011 tax rate of 9.8% was lower than that of American households making an average of $42,500 per year.

 

Don’t Just Pressure ALEC’s Corporate Sponsors, Name and Shame ALEC Legislators

John Nichols | The Nation: Pressured by a coalition of civil rights, clean government and religious groups to quit their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, multinational corporations are indeed exiting ALEC. Now, it’s time to demand that the 2,000 legislators who have joined ALEC do the same.

Female Veterans Say Military Kicked Them Out And Classified Them As ‘Crazy’ After Reporting Sexual Assault

The U.S. military seems to be trying to deal with its troubling pattern of sexual assault cases after a story that ran this weekend on CNN detailing cases of women in each branch of the military who were diagnosed with a mental disorder and dismissed from the military after filing a sexual assault or sexual harassment complaint.

Shame on FOX; Shame on Liz Trotta!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2012
Contact: Mokie Porter, VVA
(301) 585-4000 x146

Vietnam Veterans of America Enraged by FOX Network Liz Trotta’s
Commentary On Sexual Assault in the Military

(Washington, D.C.)– “Vietnam Veterans of America is enraged by the comments of FOX Network’s Liz Trotta, who, in a February 12 edition ofAmerica’s News HQ, challenged the Pentagon for its increased spending on programs for victims of sexual assault,” said John Rowan, VVA National President. In response to a DoD report showing a 64 percent increase in violent sexual assaults since 2006, Trotta remarked, “Well, what did they expect? These people are in close contact.”

“What did they expect?” said Marsha Four, chair of VVA’s Women Veterans Committee. “I can tell you what we, as women, expected when we volunteered to serve our country during the Vietnam War. We expected to be treated equitably and with respect. Those of us who worked through the turmoil of the sixties and seventies fought hard for equal rights, and we are appalled that, decades later, those who serve our nation in the armed forces are still fighting for equal rights.

“Clearly Trotta is not in touch with the reality of sexual assault in the military, as she appears to be unaware that men also have had to endure this shocking assault,” noted Four. “Further we do not believe that all the thousands upon thousands of men and women who serve this great nation engage in behaviour that is less than honourable when placed in situations where they must coexist. Trotta’s comments are insulting to men and women alike.”

Said Rowan, “Ms. Trotta’s despicable commentary has sent a shock wave through the ranks of our membership and beyond. No institution in America condones the disgrace of sexual assault. It is not accepted in corporate America, nor is it on the streets of our towns and communities. Why should sexual assault in the military be anything less than criminal? As the Department of Defense grapples with the problem, it must take responsibility at all levels of command, and leadership must be held accountable.”

“As veterans who fought to uphold our Constitution, we hold sacred all the rights it insures, said Rowan. “As such, we are appalled that Ms. Trotta would use the Fourth Estate as a vehicle to condone the criminal acts of some by contending that sexual assault in the military is ‘expected’ behavior. It is a disgrace that FOX would stand behind this type of commentary. Ms. Trotta owes the men and women of our military and those in the veterans’ ranks an apology, and VVA believes FOX should demand it of her.”


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation’s only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA’s founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”