PASCO COUNTY NOW (National Organization for Women)
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Pasco County NOW takes action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

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From the President - Elaine TognerI

In 2014 nearly 5 percent of all active-duty American military women and 1 percent of active-duty men reported at least one incident of unwanted sexual contact.

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we co-sponsored The Invisible War, a documentary about rape and sexual assault in the military. The documentary was shown at the New Port Richey Library (a co-sponsor). The other co-sponsors were Sunrise and Baycare.


The film showed both men and women who spoke about their lives and how sexual assault changed them forever. Can you imagine waking up to someone on top of you? Someone whom you work with every day? Someone whom your life depends on trusting? The stories are heartbreaking.

Sexual assaults are reported to commanding officers, however, we learned that at times they were the culprits or didn’t believe or want the disgrace of having a crime on their watch. They would rather ignore or deny. This needs to change.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a member of the armed services committee, has led an effort to remove the ability of senior officers to decide whether to prosecute sexual assault crimes. That authority would be given instead to seasoned military trial lawyers outside the chain of command. The bill has been blocked by a filibuster, but she is working to gather more support.

If you want to support this action, sign the petition on http://www.notinvisible.org/. If you haven’t seen the film, it’s worth seeing. You can watch the trailer on the site. The film is available for streaming through Netflix.
 

In SIsterhood,

Elaine Togneri 



Quote of the Month for May 2016

"Someone said once that not everyone with vocal chords is an opera singer. And not everyone with a womb needs to be a mother... When The Pill came along we were able to give birth - to ourselves."
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Gloria Steinem

 




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