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51% #1635: Army Critics Speak Out About Sexual Assault; A Brewery Addresses Diversity

Sloop Brewer Mariquita Reese
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Sloop Brewer Mariquita Reese

On this week’s 51%, Army critics speak up about sexual harassment; a brewery launches a diversity and inclusion initiative and Dr. Jeri Burns shares her view on being masked.

Critics say the Army isn't doing enough to address sexual harassment and sexual assault in the ranks. The outcry comes after the killing this past spring of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen. Her family says Guillen's alleged killer had been harassing her, but she was afraid to report it. Army leaders say they are addressing the issue. From San Antonio, Texas, Jolene Almendarez reports for the American Homefront Project.

This story was produced by the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans. Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

A new report says an estimated half-a million more girls risk being forced into child marriage and as many as one million more are expected to become pregnant this year as a result of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic — a year-over-year increase of 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively. This is according to analysis from Save the Children, where officials say the increase comes on top of the previous estimated rates of child marriage, which already anticipated 12 million girls being forced into marriage this year. They say that while this increase represents a conservative estimate, it marks a significant surge in child marriage rates, with an expected spike in teenage pregnancies and school dropouts to follow. The increase is set to reverse 25 years of progress, which saw child marriage rates decline.

In its new report, “Global Girlhood 2020: COVID-19 and Progress in Peril,” Save the Children analyzed the impact of COVID-19 on gender equality.

The report also shows that, although data is limited, girls affected by humanitarian crises — like wars, floods, droughts, earthquakes, and disease outbreaks — face the greatest risks of child marriage. It points out that gender-based violence was a pandemic long before COVID-19, with an estimated one in 10 girls globally having experienced rape or sexual violence from a current or former boyfriend or husband. 

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota Kim Hines has been a theater artist for 50-plus years. Now, she has written her first book. This story was produced by KFAI’s Dixie Treichel.

A brewery in the Hudson Valley region of New York, Dutchess County to be specific, is starting a paid internship program to promote diversity and inclusion in the craft beverage industry.

And now writer Dr. Jeri Burns explores what she calls “The Incognito Factor.”

Dr. Jeri Burns is a storyteller, writer and educator living in New York's Hudson Valley. You can find her at storycrafters.com. Burns also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Tina Renick for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio

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