Daily Dose: Peace Corps Now More Protected Against Sexual Assault

An article in the Washington Post reported yesterday that Obama signed the Kate Puzey Volunteer Protection Act of 2011, which protects Peace Corps volunteers who report wrongdoings, requires volunteers to go through a more rigorous training on sexual assault, and improves advocacy for sexual assault victims. This legislation resulted from a public campaign in memory of Kate Puzey, who was murdered in 2009 during her service in Benin after reporting to Peace Corps that one of the Beninese men was molesting young girls at her school.

The legislation requires the Peace Corps to establish an Office of Victim Advocacy, and hire advocates if a volunteer is assaulted. Additionally the Corps will be required to “comply with best practices in training volunteers to reduce the risk of sexual assault and making sure medical and security staff respond with sensitivity.”

What do you think about this legislation?

Kate Puzey, the namesake of the legislation, in Benin during her Peace Corps service.

Obama signs bill giving Peace Corps volunteers more protections


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