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Jamie Leigh Jones raped in Iraq

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 12:55 PM
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http://womensissues.about.com/b/2007/12/19/74.htm

Jamie Leigh Jones and the Halliburton / KBR Rape and Cover-Up

Wednesday December 19, 2007
This story will make you ill.

Investigative journalist Brian Ross and others at ABC News report on the stomach-churning story of one young woman who suffered rape and abuse in Iraq - at the hands of her co-workers. The incident occurred in 2005 while Jamie Leigh Jones was working at Camp Hope in Baghdad for KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, and it's been hushed up for years:

Jamie Leigh Jones, now 22, says that after she was raped by multiple men at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under guard in a shipping container with a bed and warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she'd be out of a job.

"Don't plan on working back in Iraq. There won't be a position here, and there won't be a position in Houston," Jones says she was told....Finally...she convinced a sympathetic guard to loan her a cell phone so she could call her father in Texas.

The Houston Chronicle offers additional details:

Jones' family called Poe [Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas] for help....Investigators freed Jones after Poe contacted the U.S. State Department.

Jones is one of at least four women who have filed federal lawsuits against KBR and its former parent company Halliburton, both based in Houston, following allegations of rape or sexual harassment.

According to her lawsuit filed in May, Jones awoke with bruises on her body, blood on her genital area and ruptured breast implants after being drugged the night before.

L. Todd Kelly, Jones' attorney, said a rape kit taken after her attack confirmed DNA samples from a man found in her bed as well as multiple unknown males. Kelly said the rape kit was lost after Army investigators turned it over to KBR officials.

Photo of Rep. Ted Poe and Jamie Leigh Jones testifying before Congress on December 19, 2007 (c) Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

At the time ABC News initially reported this story on December 10, 2007, little had been done to go after the men who did this:

Over two years later, the Justice Department has brought no criminal charges in the matter. In fact, ABC News could not confirm any federal agency was investigating the case.

Legal experts say Jones' alleged assailants will likely never face a judge and jury, due to an enormous loophole that has effectively left contractors in Iraq beyond the reach of United States law.

The loophole is a binding mandatory arbitration clause. Because Jones signed a contract which includes binding mandatory arbitration, she essentially signed away her legal rights to take her case to court. According to Public Citizen, a national non-profit public interest organization:

Halliburton is denying her constitutional right to take the perpetrators to court.

Binding mandatory arbitration agreements like Halliburton's are increasingly common. This means that Jamie, like millions of other Americans, will be forced into a secret, privatized justice system with no accountability. She might even be required to make her case to an arbitrator chosen by Halliburton, with no appeal to anyone else.

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sweetie00
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 12:57 PM

According to Jones, on July 28, 2005, several of her fellow KBR employees offered her a drink containing a date rape drug, of which she took two sips. The men then allegedly engaged in unprotected anal and vaginal gang-rape upon her while she was unconscious. She was able to name one of her attackers based on his confession to her, but was unable to identify the others due to her unconsciousness. Further, the lawsuit filed by Jones' attorneys cites the following: "When she awoke the next morning still affected by the drug, she found her body naked and severely bruised, with lacerations to her vagina and anus, blood running down her leg, her breast implants ruptured, and her pectoral muscles torn – which would later require reconstructive surgery. Upon walking to the rest room, she passed out again."[5] Jones' account was confirmed by U.S. Army physician Jodi Schultz.[6] Schultz gave the rape kit she used to gather evidence from Jones to KBR/Halliburton security forces, after which the rape kit disappeared. It was recovered two years later, but missing crucial photographs and notes. [7]

evythecute
by Bronze Member on Nov. 12, 2009 at 1:07 PM

... that poor women... i couldn't even begin to imagine her pain.

Della529
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Another example of government contractors gone wild.  I wonder how many more stories there are that we will never hear of.

lanceandhailey
by Bronze Member on Nov. 12, 2009 at 1:09 PM

How sad

MissBearNMonkey
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 1:27 PM

We shouldn't feel sorry or sad for her; we should be OUTRAGED. Outraged that our tax dollars are going directly to a company (where our former VP has many vested interests) that can literally get away with RAPE. This isn't swindling investors. THIS IS KIDNAPPING, TORTURE AND RAPE that is being allowed by a company that WE pay for.

This is a spit in the face of ALL of us.

banging head into wall

 

night.magic
by Member on Nov. 12, 2009 at 3:04 PM

 Oh my gawd. This si sickening!

Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.  ~Bruce Crampton




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Joqui
by Joqui on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:02 PM

I seriously feel I need to do something... how an something like this happen and we just sit here like ... ohhh man, that sucks... I am going to start researching for some sort of way to help her.. that is really outrages! 

Quoting MissBearNMonkey:

We shouldn't feel sorry or sad for her; we should be OUTRAGED. Outraged that our tax dollars are going directly to a company (where our former VP has many vested interests) that can literally get away with RAPE. This isn't swindling investors. THIS IS KIDNAPPING, TORTURE AND RAPE that is being allowed by a company that WE pay for.

This is a spit in the face of ALL of us.

banging head into wall



amygray
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:10 PM

It is terrible, horrible, disgusiting and wrong that this happened to this young woman, and the fault of the men who did it to them. 

Della529
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:40 PM


Quoting amygray:

It is terrible, horrible, disgusiting and wrong that this happened to this young woman, and the fault of the men who did it to them. 

Not going to question this contractor's henchmen?  Perhaps there is another side to the story.

amygray
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:48 PM


Quoting Della529:

 

Quoting amygray:

It is terrible, horrible, disgusiting and wrong that this happened to this young woman, and the fault of the men who did it to them. 

Not going to question this contractor's henchmen?  Perhaps there is another side to the story.


not blaming the contractor.. the responsiblity for the actions  belong to the men who did this..  not who they were working for..

not as much gray area as the the other issue.. its comparing apples and oranges..

the Iraqi government had its own agenda in the other story

 

totally off topic,,

are you always hateful? 

just because i don't agree with you, doesn't mean you should be hateful

 

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