Ating Eminue, US Army (2015)

Sgt. Ating Eminue

Honoring Sgt Ating Eminue, US Army, who was shot and killed outside a bar in Atlanta, Georgia on August 30, 2015. No arrests have been made and this case is under investigation.

Guardsman shot, killed outside Atlanta homeless shelter
Active duty sergeant killed while trying to help homeless
Active Duty Soldier Killed Near Midtown Homeless Shelter
Man shot outside Atlanta club identified, no arrests made

Charles Martland, US Army, Losing his Career for Roughing up Corrupt Afghan Official Accused of Rape

Charles Martland

Justice for Army 1st SGT. Class Charles Martland

“We’ve got to let people know what the military’s doing, how the lawyers are running the show.” ~Rep Duncan Hunter

Green Beret: Striking corrupt Afghan got me kicked out
Green Beret Who Beat Afghan Man Over Child’s Rape Faces Army Discharge
JBLM soldier who assaulted Afghan police commander over child’s rape faces Army discharge
JBLM soldier who beat Afghan man over child’s rape faces Army discharge
Army Kicking Out Decorated Green Beret Who Stood Up for Afghan Rape Victim
Colonel: U.S. Soldier Should Not ‘Impose’ on All Afghan Customs, Including Child Rape

Hunter Kelly, US Army (2015)

Hunter Kelly

Honoring Spc Hunter Kelly, US Army, who was found dead at another’s soldier’s home near Fort Stewart, Georgia on August 29, 2015. Peter Petri, also a US Army soldier, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. Ryan Brown, another US Army soldier was also arrested for obstruction of a law enforcement officer. This case is under investigation.

Fort Stewart soldier killed in Saturday shooting identified
Ft. Stewart soldier shot and killed in Long County identified
3rd ID specialist charged in fellow soldier’s death
Ft. Stewart soldier dead, another charged

Karlyn Ramirez, US Army (2015)

Karlyn Ramirez

Karlyn Ramirez, US Army soldier stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland, was found dead of gunshot wounds in her home on August 25, 2015 while she lay next to her newborn baby. As of now, the husband is cooperating with authorities but there have been no arrests. The police need your help trying to find who did this.

Woman Found Slain In Severn Home Was Ft. Meade Soldier
Murdered Severn woman was soldier working at Fort Meade
Woman, 24, found murdered in Maryland home next to unharmed baby, 5 months
Soldier found dead from multiple gun shot wounds next to her five-month-old daughter
Family seeks answers, community reacts as investigation continues into slaying of Ft. Meade soldier
Maryland woman found dead next to baby; no arrests
Police need help to solve murder of Army Spc. Karlyn Ramirez, Fort Meade

Robert Craig Cox, US Army

Robert Craig Cox, US Army

The Springfield Three
Cox Receives Death For ’78 Fatal Beating
9 Years Later, A Murder Conviction Circumstantial Case Convicts Ex-soldier Of Beating Teen-age Girl
Man Awaiting Florida Execution Is Ordered Acquitted in ’79 Killing
Court Orders Innocent for ‘Soldier of the Year’
Three Missing Women: Ten Years Later – Part 1 of 5
Pokin Around: 3 missing women; here, then suddenly nowhere
Disappeared, Investigation Discovery
Clues to the Springfield Three
The Springfield Three: Sherrill Levitt

Highlights of Lt Col Teresa James, Army National Guard, Military Sexual Assault Case

Lt Col Teresa James

Lt Col Teresa James

Lt Col Teresa James had a stellar career in the Army National Guard for over 30 years until she reported being sexually assaulted by a senior officer. Shortly after reporting the crime, she took convalescent leave for 30 days to seek medical treatment and eventually was medically retired because “she refused to come into work” according to leadership in the West Virginia Army National Guard. Lt Col James states that she asked for an extension to her convalescent leave (while continuing to seek medical treatment) or to work at an alternate location away from those who were retaliating against her. She did not want to retire and fought the forced medical retirement process but lost those appeals.

She is now speaking up about the sexual assault and retaliation she experienced after reporting the assault. She is focusing on ensuring that all State’s enact legislation to protect their National Guard members. Unfortunately, the National Guard does not fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government, therefore each state needs to enact their own legislation outlining their policies regarding military sexual assault. This case is a good example of the complications associated with the expedited transfer policy and how it is applied to the National Guard when both the accused and the victim are permanently stationed at the same location.

Lt. col. says speaking up about assault hurt her career
Serving in Silence: Rape in the National Guard
Troops who report sexual assault face retaliation
Retiring National Guard officer: Leadership should have done more in sexual assault case
62 Percent of Military Sex Assault Reports Result in Retaliation (A Taste of Creole)
62 Percent of Military Sex Assault Reports Result in Retaliation (NBC Washington)
US: Military Whistleblowers At Risk, Retaliation for Reporting Sexual Assault
WVNG Sexual Assault Claims; Female Officer: Leaders Didn’t Act Fast Enough against Superior
Reporting and Law Enforcement Facts For LTC Teresa James, West Virginia National Guard

62 Percent of Military Sex Assault Reports Result in Retaliation

Originally posted on Atasteofcreole's Blog:

http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/Retaliation-Results-in-62-Percent-of-Sex-Assault-Reports-304168871.html

Military personnel who report rape and sexual assault are 12 times more likely to face retaliation than see their attacker convicted, according to a new report released Monday by Human Rights Watch, which interviewed roughly 150 current and recently retired service members who reported sexual assault.

The 118-page report found 62 percent said they faced retaliation after they made their report, listing examples ranging from threats and vandalism to discharges and criminal charges.

One of the women interviewed was Lt. Col. Teresa James, the highest ranking officer to come forward with a rape claim in the National Guard, according to a recent report by the Guard. The News4 I-Team first brought you her story when she said she believes her 34-year military career with the West Virginia National Guard was destroyed after she reported her rape.

Lt. Col. James attended the news conference and told the…

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Photojournalist Mary Calvert Makes Military Sexual Assault a Priority

Mary Calvert

Mary Calvert

“Why is this happening?”

To answer that question, Mary Calvert met with survivors and went to congressional hearings on military sexual assault. The women she met connected her with more women, and she photographed them in their homes and communities. Through her work, she learned that just 1 in 7 victims of sexual assault in the military reported the attack; of those assaults that were reported, just 1 in 10 ever saw a trial.

Original story featured in Cosmopolitan.

USMC Veteran Stephanie Schroeder Fights for Servicemember’s Rights at the United Nation’s Geneva Conventions

Stephanie Schroeder addressing the United Nations

Stephanie Schroeder addressing the United Nations

Stephanie Schroeder, a US Marine Corp veteran, began her fight for military justice in 2011. She was sexually assaulted while serving in the USMC by a fellow soldier. After she reported the attack to her Command, she was retaliated against by her peers and leadership and eventually discharged with an unfounded personality disorder diagnosis. Stephanie fought back by seeking redress with her congressional representatives, legal representatives, and the media. Her most recent work includes addressing military sexual assault and retaliation with the United Nations in August 2015.

Military’s newly aggressive rape prosecution has pitfalls
Military Rape Speech 15 by Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Stephanie Schroeder’s military sex assault claim leads to psych discharge
Rape victims say military labels them ‘crazy’
The Military Labeling Rape Survivors as “Crazy” to Get Rid of Them?
‘Personality Disorder’ Discharge, Frequent Solution in Rising Number of Military Sexual Assault Cases
Employers Gone Wild: U.S. military banishes rape victims with damning psychiatric diagnoses
Military Sexual Assault Complaint, Susan Burke
Now That Women Are Cleared For Combat, How About A Rape-Free Workplace?
Fear of Reprisal: The Quiet Accomplice in the Military’s Sexual-Assault Epidemic
Former Marine to Speak at Geneva Convention Against Sexual Abuse
Ex-Marine to speak at Geneva Convention against sexual abuse
Local Marine to speak against sexual abuse at Geneva Convention
UN Committee to Review Cornell Law Report on Sexual Violence in the U.S. Military
Building a U.S. Movement to End Torture
Powerful Stories from Directly Impacted Individuals at CAT Review
BARELY LEGAL: Sexual Violence in the U.S. Military
Exclusive: Victims of military sexual assault appeal to human rights panel
Military Sexual Assault: Reporting and Rape Culture
Advice for Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma Claims
New rules on narcotic painkillers cause grief for veterans and VA

Our View: ‘Cold Case’ crimes are worth investigators’ effort

Editor’s Note: The military needs to create cold case squads too.

FayObserver.com: Persistence is not its own reward. Sticking to it can be boring, frustrating or sometimes more like knocking your head against a pile of rocks. But when it pays off, it’s glorious.

That’s why we feel such respect, and even awe, for the men and women who chase “cold cases,” old crimes that resist solving – crimes that a lot of cops would just as soon let slip through the cracks and disappear.

Read more here.