A Latina Military Sex Assault Survivor Fights Discharge Status

Bianca Cruz at her home in Hamden, Connecticut. (Photo by Tony Bacewicz for C-Hit.org)

Bianca Cruz at her home in Hamden, Connecticut. (Photo by Tony Bacewicz for C-Hit.org)

 

Bianca Cruz’s Navy career started with a job she loved on a ship in Japan, but after she was sexually assaulted by a sailor, her military life spiraled downward, ending with a “bad paper” discharge after serving 20 months.

“If it weren’t for the sexual assault, I would still be in Japan,” said Cruz, 22, a Navy hospital corpsman, who returned home in November 2015.

Cruz is among the thousands of sexual assault victims who have been pushed out of the military with a less than honorable discharge, according to a Human Rights Watch report …

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The Chinese Volunteers Who Fought In The Spanish Civil War – Their Amazing Courage And Obscure Fates

chinese fighters in spanishw war

In the autumn of 1937, Zhang Ruishu was enjoying a rare break from his 14-hour days on the frontline. One of very few, if not the only, Chinese in Madrid, he hadn’t asked for time off – there was so much to do – but his commander had insisted he take a break. The Spanish capital was decorated with defiant if raggedy banners reading No pasarán (“They shall not pass”) and Madrid será la tumba del fascismo (“Madrid will be the tomb of fascism”). Zhang had seen many such signs before. At a newsstand, however, a large promotional poster for Spanish news magazine Estampa caught his eye.

Xie Weijin (left) ...

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