Press Release Regarding the Murder of Maria Lauterbach
Posted Friday January 11, 2008Â
San Miguel de Allende, Gto, Mexico, Seattle, Washington, and Phoenix, Arizona,Â U.S.A.
It is with heavy hearts that the women and men of vetwow.com are compelled, once again, to recognize and publicize the inexplicable and tragic loss of another rape victim who came forward to testify against her perpetrator. We refuse to put the term, â€œallegedâ€ in that phrase because it does not do justice to Maria Lauterbachâ€™s strength and fortitude to carry on in the face of such adversity.
We are alarmedÂ by the appearance of impropriety on behalf of the Marine Corps. We are concerned thatÂ this will be yet one more dangerous precedent set for Military Sexual Trauma victims service wide. Mariaâ€™s status as UA [unauthorized absence] SHOULD have been alarming because of herÂ late termÂ pregnancy,Â and her status as a victim-witness in a sexual assault.Â Â These circumstances aloneÂ should have inspired her command superiors to protect her from unwanted attention and violent assault.
Many members of our organization have come forward with accounts that bear striking similarities to this case.Â Victim character assassination, lack of meaningful protection, and the horror of having to live and work in close quarters with one’s attacker[s]are all-too common occurrances in these situations.
We would like to remind the public of what is lost in this case and every case like it where rape victims living or deceased are thrown away:
One of your best and brightest
A young mother
A future leader
A child that never took a breath whose lost potential cannot be calculated.
A trained professional
And the belief that our military, and our government can be trusted to care for its own.
All of that is gone.
Our prayers and hearts go out to Maria Lauterbach and her unborn child, and all those individuals who held her dear.
Call to Action
We encourage the public to pressure the military to change it’s way of handling sexual assault cases.Â The perpetrator should be punished and the victim protected.Â Please inform military recruits that they have very little to no Â support if they are assaulted.Â
www.vetwow.com Provides liaison services for accessing VA benefits and treatmentÂ for active duty and veteran military sexual assault victims.
Currently in Mexico.Â I can be contacted by phoneÂ through Skype.com at my email address, orÂ
text your number toÂ 206-999-4133, and I will return your call.Â
The Rev. Dorothy Mackey
Phoenix, AZÂ cell: 480.686. 6785