UPDATED: Democratic Women’s Hearing to Include Survivors of Marines United, Nonconsensual Pornography in U.S. Military

Attorney Gloria Allred, Journalist James LaPorta, and survivors' advocates to testify as well

April 3, 2017

Washington, DC – The Democratic Working Women’s Group will host a hearing on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, to address the ongoing issue of nonconsensual pornography within the United States military. This issue has been most recently highlighted by the Marines United case, but it has long existed in all branches of our armed forces, including in the Marine Corps in 2013.

Hosting the hearing will be Congresswoman Lois Frankel (Fl-21), DWWG Chair; Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), DWWG Vice Chair; and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), DWWG Communications Chair and Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee. Joining Reps. Frankel, Lawrence, and Speier will be two Marines who are survivors of the Marines United attacks – USMC veteran Erika Butner and Lance Corporal Marisa Woytek, who is an active duty Marine – and their attorney Gloria Allred, a nationally renowned women’s and victims’ rights lawyer. Also testifying at the hearing will be advocates for service members who have had their careers and personal lives destroyed by sexual violence and harassment, including Miranda Peterson, Executive Director of Protect Our Defenders, and Elizabeth L. Hillman, President of Mills College; and  James LaPorta, a former Marine and journalist with the Daily Beast who has covered this issue extensively. Members of the media, please RSVP to tracy.manzer@mail.house.gov if you plan to attend.     

Witnesses:  Miranda Petersen, Executive Director, Protect our Defenders

                   Elizabeth Hillman, President, Mills College

                   James LaPorta, former Marine and reporter with the Daily Beast

                   Erika Butner, Marine Corps veteran

                   Lance Corporal Marisa Woytek, active duty Marine

                   Attorney Gloria Allred, counsel for Ms. Butner and Lance Cpl. Woytek

What:         DWWG Hearing on Nonconsensual Pornography in US Military

When:        Wednesday, April 5, 2017

                    10-11:30 a.m.

Where:       234 Cannon HOB

                    Washington, DC 20515