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Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

At Pearl (Navy), a man to lifted women's clothes to see what is underneath. When I objected and probably because I objected the man grabbed my ankles, knees, and thigh. BUT -this is not sexual harassment at Pearl. The man admitted touching women as a gesture of "camaraderie". Shipyard manager in charge dismissed it as horseplay. I was treated harshly when I did not accept the shipyard's findings.

The DoD investigator said that I did not have the demeanor of a victim. She also doubted that he lifted my clothes - but if he did it was "idle curiosity" not motivated by sex. It would have been like when he lifted another woman's clothes. She also said that he was not my supervisor.

EEOC ALJ concluded that the man created a hostile environment (that he had touched me on the ankles, knees, and thigh) and was my supervisor but said that I was unreasonable because I went to the union before going to the EEO office. I had other issues with what the man was doing at work.

I filed (pro-se) against the Secretary of the Navy. The DOJ Assistant U.S. Attorney insisted that he didn't understand how it could be sexual harassment since sex was not requested. I lost (I'm not an attorney). Because I lost, Pearl insisted that I was not sexually harassed and could not refuse to work with the man I refer to as the "leg grabber".

SAPR trainer taught that touching the "inner thigh" would be considered a sexual contact and could be considered a sexual assault. I asked how come that wasn't even sexual harassment at Pearl. Pearl's response was that it considered the matter closed.

Posted by Iris Mizokami on 07/23/2017 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

The US Air Force has no mission. We spend gigabucks training people to do little or nothing to maintain our national defense. The Air Force jumps to address scandal after scandal because the troops are bored with nothing to do. Fold the Air Force back into the US Army from whence it came and we can save gigabucks scaling down an Air Force with nothing to do into an Army with lots to do. The only folks firing weapons at an enemy in the Air Force are the drone pilots sitting in air conditioned cubicles.

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Posted by Chinook Pilot on 07/21/2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

Kitty, You're exactly right. Stand by, everyone, for the demonization of everyone involved in the effort to shed light in this corrupt institution, just like they have done to the victims.

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Posted by Pat Re on 07/21/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

The Academy continues to mistreat victims, and is now mistreating these whose job it is to care for and support them? What was reported in these articles is likely the tip of the iceberg, there is likely much more harm being done., all in the name of keeping the highly polished reputation of USAFA intact.
USAFA will justify their actions of course, and discredit the victims and those who speak up to support them rather than admit their wrongdoing, and fix what is so broken.

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Posted by Kitty Genovese7 on 07/20/2017 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

Well, I guess you don't really need honor and respect to be a drone pilot

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Posted by syntax error on 07/20/2017 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

I can't speak for the victims of sexual assault, but I thank Teresa for her dedication to helping them. Her courage and persistence have helped many lives.

NO thanks to the Academy, whose administrators have persecuted Teresa as well as the victims. Shameless, cowardly drones all.

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Posted by Pat Re on 07/19/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy has a distorted view of sexual assault says former employee

I can't speak for the victims of sexual assault, but I thank Teresa for her dedication to helping them. Her courage and persistence have helped numerous lives.

NO thanks to the Academy, for persecuting her as well as victims who dare to report. As has been the case forever, the Academy would rather look good than do good. Shameless, cowardly drones.

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Posted by Pat Re on 07/19/2017 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Medical marijuana patients turn to the courts to roll back home grow regulations

Hack really is an imbecile. He and the General Assembly of Idiots are united in opposition to our constitutional rights to use cannabis. They have declared all patients growing sufficient cannabis to juice the leaves felons for the ostensible purpose of cracking down on the black market without even asserting that patients and caregivers (as opposed to the State's own not-so-tightly regulated dispensary system or non-patients growing cannabis illegally) are disproportionately responsible, much less adducing any evidence! The State has now joined the new front in the War opened by Denver and the Colorado Municipal League against homegrowing and will scapegoat patients for its own failures, using $6 million paid by cannabis-consumers in taxes to pay rural cops to go door to door demanding to come in and count plants! Colorado is incapable of self-government and the proofs are its putative repreentatives and elected officials.

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Posted by Robert Chase on 06/09/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Medical marijuana patients turn to the courts to roll back home grow regulations

Get rid of ALL the Cannabis Laws and the corruption, "black" market, scams and manipulation END!

REMEMBER marijuana was made illegal with RACISM and LIES!

IT REMAINS THE SAME with RACISM and LIES!

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Posted by JasonLauve on 06/09/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Cops can destroy seized marijuana, even if you're growing it legally

If police can't return improperly seized marijuana then they must be required to obtain a warrant prior to seizing ANY amount of marijuana to ensure due process. Allowing them to seize first and then have no mechanism for returning it means that the due process afforded by the amendment would be null and void. If Colorado judges have any brains this will hurt the police more than help them.

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Posted by Nobody Special on 06/07/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Is burlesque sex work?

Burlesque is a form of entertainment, an art from like dancing. It is not sex work. I've enjoyed the shows put on the local troupe called Peaks and Pasties with gorgeous costumes and tastefully done. Go see for yourself at this link: http://www.peaksandpasties.com

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Posted by OldCrank on 05/18/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Is burlesque sex work?

Can you be arrested for burlesque? Yes, but it is highly unlikely and the charge wouldn't be prostitution. if a burlesque performer was arrested for a performance the charge would be along the lines of something to do with obscenity or public indecency.

The terminology 'sex work' and 'sex worker' was introduced to battle the pervasive stigma associated with prostitution and prostitutes. It was also thought to be a way of humanizing and legitimizing the trade and vocation. However, whoever coined that term wasn't thinking of how it might be misused or how it could derail important work by confusing the issues- which the above article demonstrates.

Now, years later- in some regions, particularly America, it has become a 'catch all' phrase. Basically anything to do with erotica and the exchange of money, whether sex is involved or not, whether the vocation is criminalized or not, can be described as 'sex work' in the eyes of many.

Some take the label as a show of solidarity. A nice gesture, but how does this add up in terms of activism, the fight for decriminalization and the movement seeking to establish access to human rights for people working in the criminalized sex trade?

I am an erotic service provider.

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Posted by Domina Elle on 05/18/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Is burlesque sex work?

The term 'sex work' or 'sex worker' is very loosely used in the USA. Prostitute on the other hand- wouldn't encompass everything that 'sex worker' often has. Many in the adult services and performances arena use the term sex worker even though they aren't providing sex and aren't criminalized. Others don't want to use it for that reason. I personally prefer 'erotic service provider' a terminology coined by long time prostitute and human rights activist Maxine Doogan who founded the Erotic Service Providers Legal Education and Research Project as well as the Eroric Service Providers Union. It more accurately encompasses any and all vocations and services which span a spectrum in the adult industry. Burlesque could easily be considered an erotic service, but SEX work? I don't think so. Could you refer to a burlesque performer as a prostitute? I wager most would say NO. A burlesque performer is a burlesque performer. If the performer is also providing sexual services as a prostitute, that would be another vocation all together. A prostitute who also performs burlesque. Erotic service provider would cover it all even when they are taking it off.

LOVE to my sisters and brothers in the erotic services industry!

Support the case to decriminalize consensual erotic services: http://decrimnow.com

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Posted by Domina Elle on 05/18/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation has a history of giving

Went to the rodeo ONE time. In 2005. All was fine until it was over and the event turned into an evangelical sermon. If I want a sermon I'll go to church. Never went back to this place. Never will.

I hope they improve the facility. The one time we went a storm came up and the unpaved dirt parking lot became a sand storm with all the wind. Dreadful. Nothing like a 3rd world experience in the world's only superpower. If that's the best we can do then sell it to China and let them invest it.

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Posted by OldCrank on 04/26/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Public records laws don't always ensure a transparent government

In my own experience, the City routinely denies CORA requests and attempts to cite references to state law. The attorneys hope citizens will be intimidated by mention of CRS (Colorado Revised Statute) and the "" symbol. In one example this year, City attorneys denied a request citing a statute that later stated, when doing so they had to provide additional information that they did not do. The same reference to State law also had a later paragraph that specifically warned the information could not be denied in cases like the one I was seeking. My recourse? I had to prepare to sue and threaten to sue and the City relented. Had I gone to district court and lost, not only would I have had to pay my own court costs and legal fees, but also pay for the City attorneys' time who were loose in their interpretation of state law.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 03/15/2017 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Venetucci family member issues plea for farm

It was my understanding that the plan was to shutter the farming operation out of abundance of caution until a determination could be made on the contamination effects on the produce from the contaminated well water that was used to irrigate the fields. If the contamination could be passed into the crops and cause health issues with the public... the liability of knowingly and willingly selling the product would put the future of the facility at financial risk. It was a smart if not the smart thing to do for future of the facility.

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Posted by Jonathan Mead on 02/21/2017 at 5:35 AM

Re: “Venetucci family member issues plea for farm

Fort Carson and the Catholic Diocese needs to step up and help out. I met the Venetucci's years ago. When I was in elementary I went there for the pumpkins too.. My son for a couple years went to the farm as well. I am sad to read about what is going on there. I have since moved away from CO after 32 years. I moved away last year and am saddened and shocked as to what is happening. I think both Carson and the Church should help out. My father served at that post and I was a member of the Church. Anybody and everybody should help out.

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Posted by Christina Williams on 02/20/2017 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Venetucci family member issues plea for farm

The Venetucci Farm has great historical value to the Colorado Springs area. Perhaps best known for their pumpkins and produce, the Venitucci farm contributed far more then vegetables to the community.
On July 13, 1942 the US government initiated a condemnation action to acquire 815 acres of land from the Venetuccis as part of a military camp that eventually became Fort Carson,for $10 per acre. The original acreage of the farm was 1020 acres. Following the sale of the 815 acres to the army (El Paso County assessors office. 1942) the farm was left with only 205 acres. The willingness of the family to support the building of camp Carson allowed the city to bring a military facility to the area bolstering the economy.
The Venitucci Family also owned very valuable water rights that supplemented their agricultural income. In November 1941, they drilled their first water wells: No. 1, No. 2, and No.3. The first filings of these wells were made with the state water engineer on May 1, 1945 (El Paso County assessors office 1930 6B reception number 206157933, book number 287, page 673 Warranty deed 915). Additional wells were drilled after that time. Other farmers in the area, seeing their success, began to also drill wells.
During the early 1950s, a serious drought situation developed along the Front Range. It became particularly serious in the pikes Pikes Peak Region during 1954. The Venetuccis entered a 10 year contract with the city of Colorado Springs, beginning August 2, 1954 to have water from their wells pumped to the city. Before the pipeline was completed the drought had become so bad that that Broadmoor's putting greens were drying up and the Broadmoor was on the verge of closing their doors. An agreement was made between the Venetuccis and the Broadmoor and in June 1954 and trucks hauled water from the farm to the Broadmoor until August 2 of 1954, keeping the Broadmoor open.
In addition, the Family donated a portion of their land to the Diocese of Colorado Springs for the construction of a Catholic Church. The farm was also dedicated by Colorado open lands as a conservation reserve for migratory birds and animals that have been pushed to the farm from surrounding areas due to encroaching development.
In 2003, Bambi and Dominic Venetucci decided that they wanted to keep the farm just the same as it was despite urban encroachment in the Security- Widefield area, and quietly contacted the local philanthropic organization in Colorado Springs known as the Pike's Peak community foundation to make an arrangement with them to take control of the farm. It was a lease arrangement which was to be in place for 99 years. Eventually the farm will be placed in a conservation easement, ensuring that the farm will be protected and remain a farm forever.
" The Venetucci Farm, preserved in perpetuity through the efforts of the Pikes Peak
Community Foundation, shall remain as a living legacy to the spirit and generosity of its
founders Nick and Bambi Venetucci. Established in the 1930s, the farm gained recognition for
giving away literally millions of homegrown pumpkins to school age children throughout
Colorado Springs. The pikes peak community foundation aspires to uphold this tradition, as
well as to offer educational experiences and agriculture and to create a rural setting for
community gatherings."
(Pikes Peak Community Foundation. 2007. The Mission of the Venetucci Farm).

I had the honor of researching the Venetucci farm for my graduate thesis at UCCS, Geography and Environmental Studies in 2007.
"The Family Farm as a Community Resource: A Case Study of The Venetucci Farm"
The above information is just a small portion of the contributions the Venetucci have provided to the Colorado Springs Area.

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Posted by Cindy 1 on 02/18/2017 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Venetucci family member issues plea for farm

I've lived in this are since 1975, and that lovely farm with its pumpkins, corn, and farm animals has been an incredible gift to my family and children, and then to their children. We've driven by there for all these years enjoying all the seasons the land on a farm goes through. It's "our" little piece of country in a growing city. Both Bambi and Nick blessed this entire community in so many ways, and what a terrible shame it would be to see their land fade away from what it was intended to be. Please keep that farm alive.

Barb and Skip Lynette

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Posted by Barbara Jurgensen Lynette on 02/16/2017 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Venetucci family member issues plea for farm

The people currently in charge were chosen for a reason. If they won't follow through and continue farming operations, take them to court and give it back to the family. It's almost planting time!!

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Posted by Rhino2 on 02/16/2017 at 7:58 PM

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