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Janurary 20, 2009
LaVena Johnson Raped and Killed in Iraq by
The Jamie Leigh Jones-Halliburton rape case was horrific, but what happened to
PFC Lavena Johnson in Iraq in 2005 was many orders of magnitudes worse.

The parents of the young Missouri woman were told that she died of self-inflicted
gunshot wounds, and her death was ruled a suicide. But her physician father
became suspicious after looking at injuries to the body:

After two years of requesting documents, one set of papers provided by the Army
included a xerox copy of a CD. Wondering why the xerox copy was in the
documents, Dr. Johnson requested the CD itself. With help from his local
Congressional representative, the US Army finally complied. When Dr. Johnson
viewed the CD, he was shocked to see photographs taken by Army investigators of
his daughter’s body as it lay where her body had been found, as well as other
photographs of her disrobed body taken during the investigation.

The photographs revealed that Lavena, a small woman, barely 5 feet tall and
weighing less than 100 pounds, had been struck in the face with a blunt instrument,
perhaps a weapon stock. Her nose was broken and her teeth knocked backwards.
One elbow was distended. The back of her clothes had debris on them indicating
she had been dragged from one location to another. The photographs of her
disrobed body showed bruises, scratch marks and teeth imprints on the upper part
of her body. The right side of her back as well as her right hand had been burned
apparently from a flammable liquid poured on her and then lighted. The photographs
of her genital area revealed massive bruising and lacerations. A corrosive liquid had
been poured into her genital area, probably to destroy DNA evidence of sexual

Despite the bruises, scratches, teeth imprints and burns on her body, Lavena was
found completely dressed in the burning tent. There was a blood trail from outside a
contractor’s tent to inside the tent. She apparently had been dressed after the attack
and her attacker placed her body into the tent and set it on fire.

The Electronic Village has been working hard to draw attention to this tragedy. Color
of Change has now joined the battle and is asking people to contact Henry Waxman
and ask him to conduct hearings as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight
and Government Reform.

Amy Goodman had an interview with Lavena's parents you can listen to at
Democracy Now

Thursday 14 August 2008

Military Develops New Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy
American Forces Press Service

Friday 05 January 2007

According to the Pentagon, there were 2,374 reported cases of sexual assault against
women in uniform over the past year
For Female Soldiers, Sexual Assault Remains a Danger

June 24, 2002-
Women Vets Speak Out Against Rape in the Military
Survivors of sexual assault by the military, and supporters, go to "the Summit" to
demand an end to the crime of rape and for benefits and services for survivors