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#IAmVanessaGuillén: Survivors Share Sexual Assault Stories In The Military & Demand Systemic Change

Jolene Almendarez / Texas Public Radio
San Antonio convoy honors Vanessa Guillen on July 11, 2020.

On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the tragic killing of Vanessa Guillén, a 20-year-old soldier who disappeared from the Fort Hood military base in Texas on April 22.

Her remains were found in late June. The Army said the suspect who killed her died by suicide on July 1. Her family is demanding an investigation, saying she was sexually harassed. Survivors are sharing their stories with the hashtag #IAmVanessaGuillen and demanding systemic change.


Jolene Almendarez, freelance journalist for Texas Public Radio

Pam Campos-Palma, former military intelligence analyst and organizer for members of the military/veterans

Col. Don Christensen, former Chief Prosecutor of the US Air Force and President of Protect Our Defenders

Web Resources:

National Women Veterans & Service Women Sign-On Letter -- #JusticeForVanessaGuillen

The Guardian, Shilpa Jindia: 'We are Vanessa Guillén': killing puts sexual violence in US military in focus 

Texas Public Radio, Jolene Almendarez: San Antonio Convoy Honors Vanessa Guillén As Women Share Memories Of Assault

Texas Public Radio, Jolene Almendarez: San Antonio Activists Hold Vigil For Vanessa Guillén Near Fort Sam Houston

USA Today, Wyatte Grantham-Philips: Fort Hood soldier's death sparks online outcry: 'The military hasn’t had their #MeToo movement yet'

New York Times Magazine, Robert Draper: The Military’s Rough Justice on Sexual Assault