Jamie Leigh Jones - And the 30 republicans who could care less
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Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS
Republicans for Rape
There were 30 Senators Who Voted Against
the Ammendment in the Appropriations Bill 10-9-09
Yesterday, 30 Republican senators opposed an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would prohibit federal defense contractors like Halliburton/KBR from getting money "if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court."
In other words, 30 GOP senators want to deny rape victims their day in court.
Think Progress has the story of the woman who prompted this amendment: In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while she was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. She was detained in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed, and "warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job." (Jones was not an isolated case.) Jones was prevented from bringing charges in court against KBR because her employment contract stipulated that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration.
Guess Who Received The Most Campaign Dollars From Private Contractors? (AUDIO)
The thirty GOP Senators who voted against the Franken amendment, which protects women who were raped or sexually abused while working for private defense contractors, received generous contributions from those same private contractors. Are we surprised? Didn't think so.
Posted by Joe Anybody
at 7:00 AM PDT
Updated: Saturday, 10 October 2009 12:21 AM PDT