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An Act of Betrayal: The Rape of 1st LT Jennifer Dyer

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By: Jack Dalton
Jack Daltion is a disabled Vietnam veteran and freelance writer that lives in Portland, Oregon and can be contacted thru his web site at http://www.ommp.org. His email address is [email protected]

On August 8th 1st LT Jennifer Dyer was attacked and raped and has stated it was 1st LT Michael Hall of the 278th Regimental Combat Team at Camp Shelby, MS. This is where LT Dyer along with her unit, the 250th Signal Battalion, N.J. National Guard had been sent for pre-Iraq deployment training.

Jennifer could be your daughter; your sister; your fiance; your wife; your neighbor. A degree in Political Science, working for a career in law enforcement and serving her country in uniform, she is without a doubt, the "all-American girl" so to speak. All of that has been turned up-side down because of an animal posing as a man, 1st LT Michael Hall, stands accused of her rape. Jennifer is as much a casualty of war as anyone can be - only she was wounded by what was supposed to be one of her own, someone wearing the same uniform.

After reporting the rape the Army took Jennifer to a civilian Hospital emergency room for treatment, after which she was held in seclusion by the Army for three days. During this time military CID agent Eric Barreras informed Jennifer of her Miranda rights and then proceeded to threaten her with criminal prosecution for filing a false report. Further victimize the victim, that's the Army way. And this nation has the audacity to talk about the "rule of law."

The Army took her to the Hospital and now the Hospital is billing her for the charges as the Army has refused to pay the bill according to Jennifer in a previous conversation. Additionally, the Army told Jennifer she was to take a lie detector test which she agreed to readily. When Michael Hall refused to take the same lie detector test, the Army told Jennifer her test would not be necessary, but, I'm getting ahead of myself.

It wasn't until Jennifer's fiance, Edward, who is a New Jersey police officer, arrived at Camp Shelby on August 13th and took her off base was she finally able to get some semblance of counseling and additionally medical treatment. The Army had given her none and had not set any appointments for her even with the base medical people. And it's a good thing Edward did get her some additional medical care - it turns out that her accused rapist, Michael Hall, is Herpes Type 2 positive, and unfortunately, now, too, is Jennifer.

Under pressure, the Army gave Jennifer two weeks leave to go home and "get over it." In a phone conversation with Edward a couple of weeks ago, he told me how when Jennifer called Camp Shelby to request an extension of her leave, so she would be able to continue with the counseling and medical treatment she is now receiving, Lt Col. Powell, the base psychiatrist, she told Jennifer that "two weeks was a generous amount of time for leave" and that "it was enough time for the victim of such a crime to be recovered and returned to duty."

Right now Jennifer is listed AWOL. Her attorney, Fredrick Klepp, [email protected], is being stonewalled by the Army about Jennifer. The Army has demanded Jennifer return to Camp Shelby, the place where she was not only raped but where her accused rapist, Michael Hall, is still running around as if nothing ever happened. There is something terribly wrong with this picture!

Everyone involved with her care all say the same thing, it would be an un-mitigated disaster for her to have to return to Camp Shelby. A compassionate transfer request by Jennifer was denied by the command of the 278th Regimental Combat Team, to which Jennifer is still attached. Anyone in their right mind and with just a modicum of compassion would understand that a transfer out of the 278th is warranted.

She should not be in this position in the first place as she had resigned her commission in October of 2003. But due to a failure on the Army's part, her paperwork had not been completely processed and she was called back to active status in March of 2004.

What compounds this situation Jennifer now finds herself confronted with is the "Feres Doctrine" which VERPA - the Veterans Equal Rights Protection Advocacy, Inc. - has been fighting for over ten years. This has turned all military personnel into second class citizens as it prevents those in uniform, and veterans, from bringing action against the military for harm done - you may find detailed information on the Feres Doctrine at VERPA's web site http://www.verpa.org/

According to Byron Holcomb, an Oregon attorney, it was his case - Buckmiller v. U.S. - "in 1983 that first brought to the attention of the public the problem of rape in the military. The Army relied on [the] Feres [Doctrine] saying that rape was one of those incidents of military service. Until congress repeals Feres and particularly this abomination, rape will continue to be a significant problem of our military." He goes on to say, "this will change when congress changes the laws and every congressman should be made aware of this." I am in total agreement with Mr. Holcomb on this.

In the meantime we need to give our support to this young woman, we must become the "cavalry to the rescue." We can help her by making calls and sending letters - actually as many as needed for as long as needed. What has happened to Jennifer is an outrage, what the Army is now doing to her is a complete act of betrayal. Something is terribly wrong when citizens have to try and force the military to treat a victim of a crime, rape, with the respect, compassion, and just treatment she deserves.

When considering this, ask yourself this, what if this were your wife, your sister, your fiance, your daughter - what would you do to help her, to protect her, and then take it from there.

Below are some of the numbers that should be called. If and when calling be sure to be as polite and courteous as possible, but be firm in expressing your opinion at the treatment Jennifer is receiving. This is an opportunity to truly support the troops by rallying to Jennifer.

Also, as this is on-going, there will be updates made public on a continuous basis until this is resolved. Jennifer's full statement may read at the following link http://oldamericancentury.org/jennifer.htm All available information will be located there as well as my own web site www.ommp.org

I would start with Capt Price that is who Mr. Klepp has talked with to no avail. Col. Powell's number is listed also. At the end of the list of names and numbers, is Jennifer's statement about what happened and this whole sorry chain of events.

Capt Price, Staff Judge Advocate Office
Camp Shelby, MS
601-467-1990

I gathered as many numbers as I could. If I am able to get any more, I will send them to you.

Thanks for your time and efforts, I hope this is helpful.

Jen

278th Regimental Command:
Regimental Commander:
Colonel Adams

(Unable to get a direct extension, but can be contacted via administrative staff)
(601)558-4196

Regimental Executive Officer:
Lieutenant Colonel Honeycutt
(601)588-2782

278th Regimental Headquarters Headquarters Company:
Company Commander:
Captain Ray
(601)558-4501

Camp Shelby Medical Facility:
Psychiatrist:
Colonel Sara Powell
(601)467-1107
(601)558-2547

Medical Deployment Officer:
Major Sullivan
(601)297-4229

Senator John H. Adler, Democrat
District Office: 1916 Route 70 East, Suite 3, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 (856)-489-3442

And here is a listing of New Jersey newspapers if you would care to write or call them as well.

The Star Ledger
1 Star Ledger Plaza
Newark, N.J. 07102
1-888-782-7533
This is the paper of record in New Jersey

The Courier Post
301 Cuthbert Boulevard
Cherry Hill, N.J. 08002
(856)663-6000

The Burlington County Times
4284 North U.S. Highway 130
Willingboro, N.J. 08046
(609) 871-8000

The Gloucester County Times
309 South Broad Street
Woodbury, N.J. 08096
(856) 845-3300

Philadelphia Inquirer
53 Haddonfield Road
Cherry Hill, N.J. 08002
(856) 779-3840
New Jersey Office

The Press of Atlantic City
11 Devins Lane
Pleasantvill, N.J. 08232
(609) 292-4935

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Head "em and move "em out...I will be on the phone first thing Monday morning, this is disgraceful!!!!!!!!!!!

The author makes the statement, "And this nation has the audacity to talk about the rule of Law". Preceding this statement, he says, "..an animal posing as a man...stands accused of rape."

Is everyone accused of a crime an animal, or are they animals only if accused of rape? Maybe just military personnel are animals if accused of a crime. "Stands accused" is the operative phrase here.

Many thanks to Jack Dalton for being one of the few people in this country to offer assistance for what can only be described as cruel military lunacy. To answer any doubters of the facts, I know Jennifer Dyer better than anyone. Her report of the incident has remained unchanged since this nightmare first unfolded and the callous attitude of the US Army has also remained consistent. I have been a Police Officer for 21 years and I have never witnessed such contemptible treatment towards a crime victim, let alone the victim of a sexual assault. The scum that perpetrated this act may only "stand accused" at this point but one look in Jen's eyes tells the truth of what happened on August 8. Yes, sexual predators are animals, irregardless of their origin, and they inflict permanent scars on victims that can last a lifetime. We in society can't change the brains of the twisted, but we can render care and compassion to those that suffer. Is that asking too much? I hope not.

In a violent society of 280 million people this only makes print here because the US Military is involved. Fine, So be it, but I can hear the hue and cry if some guys got picked up in Iraq and were called animals suspected of terrorism, or if some environmental activist was called an animal after being accused of some crime. That's the thing about Justice, it works both ways.

I don't understand how I should drop any involvement I might have where I live in any situation of injustice and bad treatment of an individual(s) to take up this situation. To answer your question, yeah, that is asking too much. I also fail to see how any of this is connected with what is going on in Iraq, other than if opposed to US involvement there, it can be stretched as a blanket statement on the ineptness and corruption of the current administration.

She maybe can't sue the Army but she can sue individuals for denying her Constitutional rights. If I were her, I would start by suing that civilian hospital for not providing a rape counselor/victim's advocate.

In a violent society of 280 million people this only makes print here because the US Military is involved. Fine, So be it, but I can hear the hue and cry if some guys got picked up in Iraq and were called animals suspected of terrorism, or if some environmental activist was called an animal after being accused of some crime. That's the thing about Justice, it works both ways.

I don't understand how I should drop any involvement I might have where I live in any situation of injustice and bad treatment of an individual(s) to take up this situation. To answer your question, yeah, that is asking too much. I also fail to see how any of this is connected with what is going on in Iraq, other than if opposed to US involvement there, it can be stretched as a blanket statement on the ineptness and corruption of the current administration.

She maybe can't sue the Army but she can sue individuals for denying her Constitutional rights. If I were her, I would start by suing that civilian hospital for not providing a rape counselor/victim's advocate.

Yes she can SUE, but it is a hollow victory., for those that think sueing is easy, I can tell you from real life experience it is not, it is costly, and a very tedious process. Even today I believe there is a feeling that RAPE victims somehow deserve it, of course nobody will say that in public, but I have heard to many men and some women snigger and imply victims somehow deserve it, until we address that issue you won't see much in the way of care.

It's time for me to begin my telephone and letter writing.

As a survivor of such a crime, I can say for myself the scars may heal but they never go away. One never forgets.
Depression usually follows crimes like this that sometimes result in suicidal tendencies. Some successfully commit suicide. One thing leads to another.
If I were the doctor, I would be looking for her mental state at the time of return. Depressed individuals in a suicidal or risky state are of no use in the military. Military personnel must be healthy enough to handle the tasks at hand. The plain two weeks blows my mind.
I must say that I admire Jennifer Dyer's courage to take this public and follow this until there is justice. I envy her for her fiance's heart to help her along and give her strength while she is healing. Not many women get that kind of compassion.
Rape is not something that should be tolerated as a part of the military or a part of war. It does not show maturity or good character. Disgraceful crimes can severely compromise the strength of the unit as a whole.
For Goesh, should your wife be a victim, would you be as compassionate and caring as the man Jennifer is set to marry? Or would you blow it off like you did above?

Thanks Shawna, it takes courage on your part to come forward, we can go on and on about other crimes, but this Post is about rape, it doens't make any difference to me if it has to do with the military or not, in this case it is insult to injury, in that, you would hope the military, a tax-based institution by "We the people" would exercise more compassion.

When I was in corp. America we were taught management by exception, so one has to wonder how many rapes go unreported, how many officers or high ranking enlisted rape subordinates without being reported.

If the civilian hospital didn't provide a rape counselor/victim's advocate, they will settle and settle fast, which gives her immediate money for a continued fight.

Shawna, if my wife were a victim I wouldn't be spending my time and energy in a public forum chatting with strangers, seeking moral support from them, now would I ? How much money are you going to donate to her, and you too Bill? It usually gets down to money, doesn't it? The scenario unfolds all over in many courtrooms a day in which victims cannot afford private attorneys and have to settle for plea bargains from Prosecutors who want to clear their dockets.

The subject is not about rape, it is about the evil US military - I may be right wing bent but I certainly am not blind. A call for donations would better serve the victim here than moral platitudes and self righteous chest thumping. When we hear only one side, it becomes a moral arena, nothing more. The Military is not going to respond to phone calls or letters, so save yourself the time and send her 5-10 dollars, which will do her more good and make her feel better than bickering in the fiction of a public chat room/forum.

You win Goesh....hope you enjoy the world you have created....I am thru with responding and reading your crap.....

Kevin: Why do you spend your time haning out with us radical/liberals, is it your burden to spread your truth ?

Your are probably the most insensitive sob I have ever met I glad your are in Ky. and a long way from the West Coast.

This is my last post...your post no longer deserve a response....it's all about money really shows what kind of asshole you really are....SIGNING OFF...I have better things to d with my time then read your crap..

I'm too angry right now to respond rationally.

But I do want to extend my compassion to Shawna and Jennifer. Shawna, you are extremely brave to air your experience here, thank you for your insights. Years ago I was assaulted by a member of the US secret service, but it did not--thankfully--involve rape. The muck I went through when I attempted to press charges made me just go away.

I hope Jennifer does not take the road I did, which was to ignore and assault and harbor the resulting fears.

Goesh, you're spinning again. You are so hung up on your dogmatism, that you didn't even present your views in a sensitive of compassionate manner--or with the focus that the military DOES have a standard which makes a crime like this, and its treatment of one of its own more appalling. And once again, in a forum that has continually attempted to understand and accept you, you have alienated your staunchest respondents. I find that sad.

I believe that goesh's remarks are way over the line and show a total lack of sensitivity to the issue of rape. This is not a military specific issue, but that it happened in the military is a big issue, and changes the complexity significantly - particularly for Lt Dyer.

I am requesting that goesh remove himself from discussion.

I apologize to the rest of you. I've been in meetings all day, and this is the first time I saw what was going on.

Adios:

All I really have in life is my word and honor, hence I will respect the wish of the owner of this forum and depart. Bill, since you seem to know some things about me, please tell the viewers how much I have donated to the local Domestic Violence Shelter, the Disabled Veterans and the Salvation Army. Give a progress report on my effort to get Target to allow the Salvation Army bell ringers to stand in front of their stores to solicit donations. They are being denied, along with many others.

As paul harvey says now here is the rest of the story. Jen as she calls herself had been on a letter writting campain of her on only it was before this happen. she was tring everything she could to get out of going to IRAQ. she called congressmen, she resigned her commission, she was disrespectful to her commander to the point she had to be moved from her unit for insubordnation. She spent every night at the officers club and frequented the rooms of several officers at camp shelby at night. The night she claimed Lt Hall raped her she was seen very drunk, and kissing, and leaving with a Captain. She has found her way to get out of going. Just Kobie someone. The better case was with Hall. He was Married.

I have found that coming forward with rape allegations costs my career. Do we have any rights? I am being retaliated against by my old commander who refused to take issue with me being raped. Instead he called me AWOL, knocked me down to an E-1 from an E-4, transferred me to inactive reserves under a general under honorable conditions. That was great, (not really, since all I wanted was a transfer and he refused 4 requests) until I was to be activated. Now that I was officially an E-1, I am supposed to go through this again? So I rejoin the guard, my new commander reinstates my rank after hearing my story. I join ROTC because I want to be an officer and help other soldiers from experiencing what I have experienced. I have a great job and receive stellar performance reviews.
I am working on my MBA with an emphasis on Health Care Management. Sounds great right? I thought so too. 3 weeks ago, one week before Christmas my unit served me with an order requiring that I wear the rank of E-1. With a little investigation I found out that my old commander put in the request. How it was an issue with him today I do not know and why he felt 4 years later it is justified I do not know. Oh but this gets better. He called my Battalion Commander and told him God knows what, I was "laid off" with one weeks notice. That was my Christmas present. No one will talk to me, it's just silence. I was able to keep my E-5 because of my ROTC contract. Lucky me right. Nope. Then I get a call from the ROTC Battalion commander, my old commander is going after my ROTC officer career as well. What can I do? I am meeting with the BC Thursday, I am just going to lay it out straight. What else can I do? I hate to quit, I am not a quitter. Damn!
Oh and PS
did I mention that I was assaulted by the head of my school in AIT along with 3 other females who were raped by him. This was when I first joined. We filed CID complaints, we all were interviewed several times. Guess what happened? You guessed it, nothing. This E-7 kept his rank. He was transferred from the position but his new job was only 4 blocks from our barracks. Rumors of us being sluts circulated, and of course our cadre wasn't any better. There was never any follow up. During AIT, at least one female a month would get raped in the soccer field across from our barracks. You know what the Army did? Made it mandatory that females couldn't go anywhere without a battle buddy. Males however, were still able to enjoy their personal freedom. I guess it would have been asking to much to put up more lights and a couple of camera's on the field, or maybe have an evening patrolman on weekends? Hmmm...

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