By David Ferguson
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 13:22 EDT
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A thief in Sandy, Oregon made off with multiple people s possessions in a series of car break-ins at an apartment complex. But, according to Portland s Fox 12 News1, one of the five victims had a more exotic list of items to report stolen, a cache of sex toys she said she d assembled for a bachelorette party.
Worse, said Coutts, than losing the items to a thief was having to inventory them for a peace officer.
It was horrible, she said. (The officer) kind of started laughing, but he felt bad so he asked me to describe everything in detail, and it was just horrible.
The mother of two had been storing the items in the trunk of her car because she didn t want the children to see all the dirty things in there, which she described as an assortment of dolls, blow-up items and all kinds of goodies.
Coutts said it took her months and about $500 to assemble the collection, but that she and the other guests at the party will make do.
Bride-to-be Haleigh Kirby said, It broke my heart.
Chelsey s worked so hard for so long on all this, and she s done a really good job, and it s just sad to see someone come and take all that away like that.
I don t even know what they could use it for.
But, Kirby said, It s going to be fun no matter what.
The women posted about the theft on Facebook and say they have received donations to replace some of the items, but Fox 12 declined to specifically enumerate what was given.
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By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, May 25, 2013 10:22 EDT
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President Barack Obama said Friday that members of the military guilty of sexual assaults threatened to undermine the trust and discipline vital to the strength of the US military machine.
Obama delivered the warning at a graduation ceremony at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, following a spate of reports of sexual violence and abuse in various branches of the military.
Those who commit sexual assault are not only committing a crime, they threaten the trust and discipline that makes our military strong, Obama said.
That s why we have to be determined to stop these crimes because they ve got no place in the greatest military on earth.
Obama has demanded answers to the problem of sex assaults in the military from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the highest ranking US military officer General Martin Dempsey, and top civilian and military brass in each service.
Earlier this month it emerged that a soldier who worked in a rape prevention program had been accused of forcing a subordinate into prostitution.
An Air Force officer in charge of his service s sexual assault prevention office was arrested near the Pentagon for allegedly assaulting a woman.
And on Wednesday, officials said, a sergeant at the US West Point military academy was accused of secretly filming female cadets without their consent, including when they were in the shower.
We must acknowledge that even here, even in our military, we ve seen how the misconduct of some can have effects that ripple far and wide, Obama said, also warning that pictures of misconduct from US troops were also a danger.
In our digital age, a single image from the battlefield of troops falling short of their standards can go viral and endanger our forces and undermine our efforts to achieve security and peace, Obama said.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn . A police affidavit in the stalking case of an Army officer who manages the sexual harassment and assault response program at Fort Campbell says Lt . Col .
Darin Haas threatened to kill his ex-wife in text messages.
According to the affidavit, obtained by WSMV-TV, Alissa Owen told police on Wednesday that Haas had been sending threatening text messages since Nov .
2011, shortly before their divorce was finalized .
Owen took out an order of protection against Haas in Oct .
2012 that is still in effect.
A Fort Campbell spokesman initially said Haas and Owen have mutual orders of protection, but the ex-wife s attorney said on Friday that this is not correct .
He said there s no protection order against his client.
Haas was removed from his position on Thursday.
Clarksville Police are investigating.
By Jim Miklaszewski, Courtney Kube and Jeff Black, NBC News The head of the Army s equal opportunity and sexual assault-prevention office at Fort Campbell, Ky., has been relieved of his duties, the Pentagon said. He is the third sex-abuse prevention officer to be dismissed in the past to 10 days.
However, the Fort Campbell Army officer, whose name was not released, was dismissed over a domestic dispute with his wife, not a sexual-assault case, the Pentagon said. The Army lieutenant colonel was arrested by civilian authorities for violating a protective order that was sought by his estranged wife, according to the Pentagon . The couple are in the process of getting a divorce .
The officer was released today on a $15,000 bond.
He holds a protective order against his wife, as well. Two other cases involving sex-assault prevention officers do involve sex-abuse-related charges. On Tuesday, the Pentagon said an Army sergeant first class, assigned to III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas, is under investigation for allegedly forcing at least one subordinate into prostitution, abusive sexual contact, assault and maltreatment of subordinates .
He has been suspended from his duties pending an investigation. Sen . Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is joined by colleagues on Capitol Hill while introducing sexual assault legislation that would reform the military justice system.
On May 6, the Air Force officer in charge of that service’s sexual-assault program, Lt . Col . Jeff Krusinski, was arrested in an Arlington, Va .
parking lot1 for allegedly groping a woman. Krusinksi was charged with sexual battery and removed from his position pending an investigation. Sen .
Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a member of the Armed Services Committee, is spearheading a bill to prevent military commanders from handling sexual assault cases that involve subordinates. Related: Gillibrand leads Senate charge for protocol changes in military sexual assault cases2
Army sergeant assigned to sex-abuse prevention being investigated for pimping, sexual assault3 Air Force’s sex-abuse prevention honcho charged with sexual battery4 Obama: ‘No tolerance’ for military sexual assault5
- ^ was arrested in an Arlington, Va .
- ^ Gillibrand leads Senate charge for protocol changes in military sexual assault cases (firstread.nbcnews.com)
- ^ Army sergeant assigned to sex-abuse prevention being investigated for pimping, sexual assault (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- ^ Air Force’s sex-abuse prevention honcho charged with sexual battery (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- ^ Obama: ‘No tolerance’ for military sexual assault (nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com)
- ^ ‘Every American should be outraged’: Military sees sharp increase in sex-assault cases (usnews.nbcnews.com)
The injuries sustained by the perpetrator in the photo were incurred by the woman who he assaulted. He did not resist arrest probably because she kicked the crap out of him.
by No War!
In a telling incident, the chief sexual assault prevention officer of the Air Force Jeffrey Krusinski was arrested yesterday for allegedly groping a woman while drunk. The timing of this incident is particularly incredible, considering that the Air Force is set to release their annual report on sexual assault on people in uniform tomorrow.
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Journal and the Newswire, we have worked hard to bring you cutting edge news about the military industrial complex. The US military is far and away the most earth-destroying, climate changing, soul crushing organization around. For many, it also represents the total accumulation of patriarchy.
Women are regularly raped in the military 19,000 rapes are reported every year, and that marks the few who are actually able to come forward. Like the prison industry complex, the hierarchical structure, presence of command chains, and interminable bureaucracy of the military destroys the efforts of women to gain or maintain a free life.
Just last month, the new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagal jumped forward with a demand to change the power that commanding generals have to void sexual assault convictions. While Hagal was lauded by many in the military, activists with Protect our Defenders insisted that his decision addressed only one part of much larger fundamental problems.
Of course, the internal sexual assault scandal that this creates might give us pause to consider the invisible women assaulted by military personnel in West Asia and everywhere the military of the US is stationed (Krusinski was stationed in Afghanistan for a while).
It might also give us an insight into how to challenge the military as a body.
Like the inclusion of women in such a patriarchal organization, the greening of the military has led to business as usual, with a veneer of acceptability for our liberal climate. In 2010, President Obama instituted the first program to green the military by doing such courageous things as adding hybrid hum-vees to the manifold, building solar-powered tents, and manufacturing fuel cell tanks. Is rape still possible in a solar-powered tent?
Is the destruction of the planet still possible with fuel cells?
The US is a deeply corrupt and sinister institution of murder and the destruction of nature.
It cannot be reformed.
It must be destroyed.
By Eric W . Dolan
Monday, May 6, 2013 16:49 EDT
Col . Jeff Krusinski described as a drunken male allegedly approached a women around 12:35 a.m . in a parking lot, and groped her breasts and butt .
The women fought him off, but Krusinski tried to grab her again . The victim did not know 41-year-old man.
Police arrived at the scene and Krusinski was arrested for sexual battery . He was held on a $5,000 bond.
Police could not confirm how he received the minor injuries.
The Air Force has faced growing criticism over its response to sexual assault and harassment.
In March, Lt . General Craig Franklin overturned a fellow officer s sexual assault conviction . The incident prompted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to order a review of U.S .
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WAINWRIGHT, Alta. A commanding officer of a Canadian Forces base in Alberta has been charged with sexual assault and drunkenness, a decade after he was cleared in a sex tape scandal in Ontario.
Maj. David Yurczyszyn was removed Thursday from the top post at CFB Wainwright, a sprawling training base 200 kilometres southeast of Edmonton.
In addition to the criminal accusation of sexual assault, he faces charges of drunkenness and disgraceful conduct under sections of the National Defence Act.
The alleged offences occurred last Remembrance Day.
The military is refusing to release any other details.
Brig-Gen. Christian Juneau, Commander Land Force Western Area, reacted to the allegations in a news release.
The actions of Maj. Yurczyszyn have caused me to lose confidence in this officer s ability to effectively exercise the functions of command, he said.
We expect the highest standard of professionalism and conduct from our leaders, especially those entrusted with command authority.
Military spokeswoman Lt. (Navy) Jessica MacDonald said Yurczyszyn is not in custody.
He has been reassigned to desk duties and will work from home while an administrative review of his file is completed.
She confirmed Yurczyszyn was the same officer who was charged with making homemade porn and showcasing it at military parties in 2001. A judge dismissed the charges the following year, ruling there wasn t enough evidence to support a conviction.
The porn tape featured another soldier having sex with a civilian woman a university student in the bedroom of a married quarters apartment on CFB Kingston. The video was made without the woman s permission.
Court heard so-called porn and chicken nights were a long-time ritual to help cadets unwind.
They would often rent hotel rooms and watch sex videos while eating chicken.
The military began investigating after a female cadet complained to her squadron commander about the tape.
Yurczyszyn was charged under the National Defence Act with behaving in a disgraceful manner and with conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline.
His lawyer argued he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and had little involvement in planning the video.
But in his decision, Judge Jim Prince said Yurczyszyn may not have been entirely blameless. The accused was arguably more than a common bystander may even be said to have assisted.
Yurczyszyn could be heard in part of the tape that was played in court. He said get her while she s drunk and talked about where the camera should be placed in the bedroom.
Two other officers the one who had sex with the woman and the other who lived in the apartment were convicted on various charges and dismissed from the military.
At the time, Yurczyszyn was a second-lieutenant, a junior officer.
He told the court he was relieved to have the charges dropped and just wanted to carry on with his job.
He next served in Petawawa and was stationed over the years at various other bases.
MacDonald said Yurczyszyn has completed three overseas tours one in Bosnia and two in Afghanistan.
On his first trip to Afghanistan, he was part of a team that trained members of the Afghan military. On his second tour, he was part of a transition team that tied up loose ends before the Canadian Forces pulled out of the country.
He took over command of CFB Wainwright last June.
The base is used to train individual soldiers and military units in the field. It includes a high-tech manoeuvre training centre that allows commanders to simulate and plan battles, as well as mock-up villages that were used to train troops for service in Afghanistan.
The base, just outside the town of Wainwright, is considered the largest employer in the area.
It has about 1,000 military and civilian employees.
This case against Yurczyszyn will now be reviewed to determine if there is enough evidence for a court martial.
It s not known when that process will be finished.
Kevin Cadman of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, a unit within the independent Canadian Forces military police, said the case is being taken seriously.
All members of the Canadian Armed Forces are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate and professional manner at all times, he said.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service and the military police consider these charges to be significant and have taken action accordingly.