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In a recent news release from KBR, it states they have made it onto the “Top 50 Employers” list for Woman Engineer Magazine with a ranking of #46. The lists published on WEM’s site do not include KBR so I can’t confirm KBR’s claim. Assuming KBR is not trying to mislead their employees and investors and did in fact somehow magically make it onto this list, I must then ask “Who in the Hell is #47, #48, #49 & #50?” KBR is notorious for their crimes and abuses against women employees. (Click HERE to contact Women Engineer Magazine and insist KBR be removed from the list)
Let’s start with this short list of well documented cases of female KBR employees who were brutally raped, harassed, intimidated and held against their will while working for KBR in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jamie Leigh Jones – Drugged and gang raped by KBR employee Charles Boartz and other unidentified KBR employees (firemen) and then held against her will by KBR management in the Green Zone – Baghdad, Iraq. To top it off KBR has the audacity to publicly vilify Jones by calling her a liar on their own site and in the media.
Anna Mayo – Raped and brutally beaten by who is believed to be a KBR employee and who was allowed to leave the country most likely by KBR management at Balad, Iraq. Again KBR chooses to publicly vilify Mayo by claiming she did not pursue the issue when she felt threatened by this employee when in fact she did report it to KBR management. Read the remainder of this entry »
Two days ago I blogged about the sexual assault of a US soldier that occurred the last week of August 2010 at Camp Adder Iraq. It just keeps getting worse!
Below is a wanted posted issued by the Provost Marshall Office (PMO) at Camp Adder Tallil, Iraq. It looks like there may be a serial rapist/attacker on the loose. According to this poster there have been two more attacks from October 18, 2010 to October 20, 2010.
These photos depict a person(s) wearing military clothing. Although this attacker could very well be a US soldier, I caution you not to rule out everyone else. Military issue clothing is not difficult to get. If the attacker is a civilian, he could be using this as a disguise to draw attention away from himself. Don’t rule anything out.
If you have information regarding these incidents please contact the Tallil Provost Marshal Office DSN 318-833-1246. If the Tallil Provost Marshal Office has an email address that could be published so people could email information please send it.
If you don’t feel comfortable contacting the PMO yourself, send your information to me by clicking HERE and I will forward it for you.
This/these cowardly bastard(s) need to be caught. Then I say….“GIVE THE VICTIMS A TASER AND LET THEM HAVE A FEW MINUTES ALONE WITH HIM!”
Sadly there has been another female sexually assaulted in Iraq. A female soldier reported being sexually assaulted during the last week in August 2010 at Camp Adder on Tallil Air Base in Tallil, Iraq. The attack occurred at approximately 7:30pm along Perimeter Road in the NW area of Camp Adder.
The attacker is a white American male, possibly a civilian contractor. He is about 5’9″-5’10” tall, medium build, slight beer gut, short dirty blond hair, wearing blue jeans and a dirty white shirt. (I know that doesn’t narrow it down much.)
The Subject may have appeared injured to the face area around the time frame of the incident. Subject was last seen on September 20, 2010 on the southern part of LA-1 area wearing a dark blue shirt with a picture on an elephant, faded blue jeans and hair cut to Military length.
A personal message to this victim:
“I am so very sorry this senseless barbaric crime has happened to you and I am committed to helping you in any way I can. I promise you that! I strongly urge you to contact the Todd Kelly Law Firm in Houston for representation. Todd is representing other Iraq rape victims and is experienced in dealing with the DoD and the civilian courts.” ~ Ms Sparky
I’ve verified with the Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) this investigation is active and ongoing. If you have information regarding this incident please contact the COB Adder, CID Office at DSN 318-833-1454/1446 /1449 or the Tallil Provost Marshal Office DSN 318-833-1246 or contact your closest U.S. Army Military Police or U.S. Army CID Office. CID Case # 0088-10-CID939-14822
Ms Sparky readers have been so awesome providing information on other crimes. I’m calling on you again to send that information. If you do not feel comfortable contacting the CID directly you can send your information to me (click HERE) and I will forward it to the CID for you.
KBR “maintains strong and effective sexual harassment prevention and reporting programs.”
Excuse me? I believe that consistent reports and evidence shows that not only does KBR look the other way, they persecute the victims while protecting the perps. It appears that the behavior not only continues but that the violence has escalated. Since when is locking up a rape victim (Jamie Leigh Jones case), letting an accused rapist high tail it back home (Anna Mayo case) or keeping alleged attackers on the payroll (Dawn Leamon case) effective? Is aiding and abetting considered a valid corporate policy by the DoD, for the companies it rewards with government contracts? Instead of turning the other cheek, maybe the DoD needs to look at how many of these perps and their protectors hold security clearances. Pedophiles, pimps and criminals are a risk to national security, HELLO!
KBR takes complacency and greed to a whole new level of repulsion in my book. Evidently Heather Browne needs to do some KBR time in the Middle East! ~Ms Sparky
KBR Subsidiary Sued by Former Employee Who Claims Sexual Assault in Iraq
Miriam Rozen – Texas Lawyer – October 14, 2010 – In an Oct. 1 petition, Rachel Wright alleges Houston-based KBR Inc. and seven of its subsidiaries are responsible for the conditions under which she was sexually assaulted. Wright is a former morale, welfare and recreation department coordinator for a KBR subsidiary operating in Iraq, Service Employees International Inc.
In her petition in Rachel Wright v. Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., et al., filed in Harris County’s 157th District Court, Wright also names as a defendant another former employee of the same KBR subsidiary, David Charles Breda Jr. Wright makes a claim of sexual assault and battery against Breda.
On Feb. 8, Judge Gray H. Miller of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston sentenced Breda to 24 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact.
Roderick White of the Law Offices of Roderick C. White in Fort Worth, who represents Breda in the criminal case, declines comment and says he does not represent Breda in the civil matter. Court records do not list a lawyer for Breda in the civil suit.
Breda could not be reached immediately for comment on Oct. 11 because a receptionist at the Federal Correctional Institution at Bastrop says Liz Eskew, the press contact, is out today due to the holiday.
In her Oct. 1 petition, Wright’s causes of action against the KBR corporate defendants include intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, fraud and breach of contract.
She seeks damages in excess of $100,000 from KBR, its subsidiaries and Breda for past and future medical treatment and past and future emotional distress, as well as exemplary damages from all the defendants for gross negligence and “legal malice.”
L. Todd Kelly, founder of The Kelly Law Firm in Houston, represents Wright.
Wright alleges that on Oct. 8, 2008, as she started moving from one living quarter to another in Iraq, Breda pinned her down on a bed and sexually assaulted her. She alleges that: “[M]any women have come forward to place KBR Defendants on notice of the sexually violent environment that it created. . . . [Her] attack never would have occurred but for the complacent ‘boys will be boys’ toleration of sexual abuses that continue to permeate the environment that KBR Defendants first created, then failed to warn Rachel about — an environment that was excused, if not encouraged, and of which KBR Defendants had ample prior notice.”
In response to questions about Wright’s state court petition, KBR director of media relations Heather Browne writes on behalf of KBR and its subsidiaries: “The safety and security of all employees remains KBR’s top priority. KBR maintains strong and effective sexual harassment and assault prevention and reporting programs to protect its employees. These programs include multiple trainings, communications, reporting mechanisms, and investigation procedures. KBR adamantly denies the allegations in Ms. Wright’s complaint that sexual misconduct is encouraged, tolerated, or ignored. KBR responded immediately to Ms. Wright’s report of inappropriate sexual contact and reported it to military authorities. KBR also fully cooperated with the criminal investigation of Ms. Wright’s claims.”
Browne says the company has not yet selected outside counsel in Wright’s suit. (Click HERE for original article)
I am getting all kinds of requests for information regarding ANOTHER KBR sexual assault in Iraq. It allegedly happened on night shift because the KBR female employees are being told they can no longer work night shift. I don’t know if this is a site specific mandate or theater wide.
If you have any information regarding this assault I ask that you NOT publish it as a comment. Please send me the information via my “contact us” page. Please let me know if is fact or rumor so we can sort it out. Let’s get any information to the CID right away before KBR Security screws this one up and lets the rapist get away like they did in the Jamie Leigh Jones, Dawn Leamon and Anna Mayo rape investigations, just to name a few.
I urge the victim to contact attorney Todd Kelly at Todd Kelly Law. Todd is representing several KBR rape victims.
I will keep you apprised of this situation as it develops.