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Office of Women's Policy, Veterans' Collaboratives Promoting Grass Roots Movement Against Military Sexual Trauma

Public Encouraged to Attend Call to Action Event
WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy, in partnership with the Moffett Field Veterans’ Collaborative and the Tri-County Veterans’ Collaborative is hosting a call to action event encouraging Santa Clara County residents to join the grass roots movement to support needed policy changes and end military sexual trauma (MST). This call to action is supported by the American Legion; the San Jose Vet Center; California Department of Veterans Affairs (CALVETS), Women’s Division, Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley, and the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women.
 
WHO:
Dave Cortese, County of Santa Clara Supervisor
Zoe Lofgren, U.S. Representative, 19th Congressional District
Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Charlotte Bear, US Army Veteran and Facilitator of the Moffett Field Collaborative
Kate Weber, US Army Veteran, Tri-County Collaborative
Carolann Wunderlin, US Air Force Veteran, American Legion
 
WHERE:
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Chambers
70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110
 
WHEN:
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Noon to 12:30 p.m., light lunch outside Chambers
12:30–1:30 p.m. Policy Briefing and Legislator Response
 
WHY:
According to the Department of Defense, in 2012, there were 26,000 reported cases of sexual assault in the military, up from 19,000 reported cases in 2010. Twenty percent of women (1 in 5) and one percent of men (1 in 100) have experienced military sexual trauma.  Half of military women fear reprisals at work if they report a sexual assault crime. 
 
California has the largest women veterans population in the United States. This is the first of a series of events that the Moffett Field Collaborative, the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy and supporting veterans and advocacy groups intend to host as part of a growing grass roots movement against military sexual trauma.
 
RSVP for this FREE Event at: http://Jul2MSTCall2Action.eventbrite.com or 408-299-5152
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5142; Charlotte Bear, US Army Veteran, Moffett Field Collaborative 408) 341-5438
Posted: June 26, 2013