A Message to Vanessa
Sister, we are so deeply sorry for what you had to endure. Your life should have not ended this way. The Army failed you. Rest assured that we got you and will not stop until there is change.
Action is being taken:
On Saturday July 11 there will be "Crucial Conversations about Sexual Trauma and What the Military should do to address it", via Zoom and a Justice for Vanessa Memorial Cruise in Houston. There have been other vigils, calls, & meetings which there will continue to be.
A Facebook page managed by your family is very active providing up to date information. There is also a public FB Group.
On all social media platforms veterans and service members are using the hashtag #IamVanessaGuillen and #JusticeforVanessaGuillen to offer support to your family and share their stories of sexual assault while serving.
Military Women's Coalition stands united for a DEMAND FOR CHANGE NOW!
There is currently a grassroots effort- asking for those to call members of the U.S. Senate & House Armed Services Committee and requesting to sign a petition. Congress and Senators have sent a letter to Department of Defense Inspector General calling for an investigation.
We know that your tragedy may have triggered women and we are providing them resources in this special edition of The Sisterhood Review.
There are so many beautiful murals of you being painted. You will never be forgotten. Prayers for your family.
Women Veterans Alliance and other women veterans groups that are part of the Military Women's Coalition stand united DEMAND FOR CHANGE NOW! Read More
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, sent a letter to Acting Department of Defense Inspector General Sean O’Donnell calling for an investigation into the disappearance of Specialist (SPC) Vanessa Guillen. More Info
National Women Veterans & Service Women Sign-On Letter
Grassroots effort by women veterans, service women, and supporters, for #JusticeForVanessaGuillen, in solidarity with the Guillén family, calling for a Congressional investigation into her disappearance, the resignation of every person in her chain of command at Fort Hood, Texas, including the Commanding General, the shutting down of Fort Hood, and a halt to all enlistments in the military until justice is served. Sign here
"The #IamVanessaGuillen hashtag, I think, is really the first time that military men and women have felt empowered to speak out. The military hasn't had their #MeToo movement yet, until now," said Col. Don Christensen, former chief prosecutor of the Air Force and president of Protect our Defenders, a national organization dedicated to ending rape and sexual assault in the military.
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