Actress and Advocate Jennifer Beals Joins Over 100 Military Sexual Assault Survivors, Politicians and Advocates in D.C. for Military Justice Reform

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From April 17-18, Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) will hold its second annual gathering of Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine veteran sexual assault survivors in the nation’s capital for Truth and Justice: The 2013 Summit on Military Sexual Violence.

Service Women's Action Network to Host National Summit on Military Sexual Assault for Veterans

Over 100 Survivors to Convene in D.C. to Advocate for Military Justice Reform; SWAN to Present Awards to Senator Shaheen, Senator Klobuchar, Senator Gillibrand and Congresswoman Sanchez; Keynote by Senator McCaskill, Remarks by Jennifer Beals

The Summit, held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, will provide survivors and their families the opportunity to share personal experiences with military sexual violence with Congress members and participate in skills-building workshop and panel sessions. SWAN will hold an award ceremony and luncheon, presenting the Lauterbach Award for Truth and Justice to Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez to honor their work to eliminate sex discrimination and sexual violence in the military. Senator Claire McCaskill will deliver the keynote address and actress Jennifer Beals, who recently starred in “Lauren,” a web series on military rape, will make remarks.

WHO: Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) will host over 100 veteran and active duty military sexual assault survivors and their families as well as policy makers, service providers, legal experts and the general public.

WHAT: Truth and Justice: The 2013 Summit on Military Sexual Violence will drive reform of Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs policies and provide opportunities to educate members of Congress.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, USA 20001

WHEN: Wednesday, April 17th and Thursday, April 18th, 2013 (press check-in opens at 8 a.m.; approximately 45-foot throw)
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks and Congressional Remarks (Jennifer Beals, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree)
Open to press; inquire with SWAN about interviews with Jennifer Beals and Congresswoman Pingree

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.: Veteran Panel
Off the record; no cameras or video allowed
Veteran survivors will share experiences and comment on resilience and reintegration.

11:00 – 12:15 p.m.: Policy Panel
Open to press
Congressional and agency staff will discuss recent and emerging policy reforms in the areas of military justice, victim rights, and access to reproductive care and veterans’ benefits.

12:30 – 2:15 p.m.: Awards Ceremony and Lunch (Including Keynote)
Open to press; inquire with SWAN about individual interviews with awardees, keynote.
Keynote address by Senator Claire McCaskill. Presentation of The Lauterbach Award for Truth and Justice to honor recipients for their sustained commitment to the elimination of sexual violence in the military, including Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senate Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. Presentation of Voice for Change Award to Navy veteran Ruth Moore and Service Provider of the Year Award to Kathleen Gilbert of the Military Law Task For and the Center for Veterans Advancement, Public Counsel Law Center.

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Workshop Block One
Some workshops in this block may have limited press access. SWAN recommends Working with Trauma Survivors for media in this block.

4:15 – 5:45 p.m.: Workshop Block Two
Some workshops in this block may have limited press access. SWAN recommends Sexual Violence and Criminal Justice: Myths vs. Facts for media in this block.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Dinner for Scholarship Participants

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Congressional Visits and Reception
Limited press access. Individual interviews may be scheduled through SWAN.

** Media interested in attending "Truth and Justice: The 2012 Summit on Military Sexual Violence," please RSVP: http://truthandjusticesummit.org/media/

For more information on the Summit, visit http://www.truthandjusticesummit.org or contact SWAN Communications Katy Otto at katy(at)servicewomen(dot)org or 646-569-5219. SWAN can also arrange interviews for your outlet.

SWAN is a national nonpartisan civil rights organization founded and led by women veterans. SWAN’s mission is to transform military culture by securing equal opportunity and the freedom to serve in uniform without discrimination, harassment or assault; and to reform veterans’ services to ensure high quality health care and benefits for women veterans and their families. You can follow Service Women’s Action Network on Twitter at http://twitter.com/servicewomen, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/servicewomen.

CONTACT: Katy Otto, Service Women's Action Network
646-569-5219 or katy(at)servicewomen(dot)org
or CathyRenna 917-757-6391, cathy(at)rennacommunications(dot)com

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