Jamie Leigh Jones is an American woman who tried to serve our great nation in Baghdad as a contractor for Halliburton/KBR. There, she was gangraped by her fellow Halliburton employees, and then imprisoned against her will in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed. She escaped only because a guard let her call her father who contacted he authorities. Halliburton lost or destroyed Jones' rape kit.
You think that's sick? Don't worry ... there's more.
In a nation ruled by Law, Jones would be able to present charges against her attackers, and against the corporation that ordered her imprisoned, destroyed evidence, and generally contributed to he situation. At the very least, she would get a day in court for civil damages.
But in the small print of Jones' employment contract was an agreement that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration. You really have to wonder why Halliburton felt it necessary to try to immunize itself against the consequences of its employee rape.
Jones' is only one of many such cases, but the Federal Government has been slow to act, preferring to shield rapists and keep the federal dollars flowing to them. Today, however, the rule of law is bring reasserted, as the United State Senate voted 68-30 to deny Federal funds to contractors who do this.
No less that thirty Senators sided with the rapists and their enablers; these men (all four Republican women voted FOR the amendment and AGAINST the rapists as did 6 male Republicans and all the Democrats present) need to be called out for what they are: pro-rape.
Pro Rape Senators
To be fair, maybe those men are not so much pro-rape, as willing to allow the rapes to continue so long as they get their payoff.
Read the Roll Call details"
And enjoy the bitchslapping of the pro-rape Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Rape) by the new Senator from Minnesota, Al Franken --- the guy who stepped forward and said "STOP IT!"
Jones is a survivor; her new foundation is dedicated to holding criminals accountable. See http://www.jamiesfoundation.com/
And it will be a surprise to no-one that Jones' is not an isolated case. Other survivors are coming forward: http://www.alternet.org/world/81266/
Jon Stewart takes on the "Anti-Government Rape Liability Amendment": "It's not the government's business to decide who the government does business with."
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They have their own website: http://www.republicansforrape.org/legislators/