Attorney Mike Papantonio checked to see if the 30 Republican Senators who voted against the Jamie Leigh Jones' anti-rape bill this past October had wives and daughters. He found that most of them did. He also found that their love for defense contractor PAC money was even greater than love for their own daughters.
The Senate bill stated, "if a contractor like KBR has an employee who is sexually assaulted on the job, then the employee has a right to have a jury hear and decide the facts of the case. If the contractor denies the victim that right, then the U.S. government won't do business with that contractor."
In 2005, Jones, a KBR employee, was gang-raped in Iraq by KBR workers. After she was gang-raped, KBR security held her prisoner inside a 5' x 6' shipping container to make sure she kept her mouth shut.
Jamie was also drugged while held prisoner in that shipping crate, so no one would hear her cries.
The vote to enact the bill was 68 to 30.
Dissenting Republicans argued "that it was too harsh to force a valued defense contractor like KBR or Halliburton to appear in front of a civil jury to face outraged and repulsed fathers, mothers, and sisters when stories like Jamie's are told."
The GOP Senate leaders were not in the dark about the details of Jamie's rape. The knew she had been repeatedly sodomized and that her body was so torn up that she needed reconstructive plastic surgery. They knew that KBR's own security force had held Jamie as a prisoner after the rape where she was denied food and medical treatment.
Two of the Republican senators who voted against the bill were Louisiana's David Vitter and Nevada's John Ensign.
As Papantonio concludes, stories like Jamie Leigh's are never convenient. They need to be heard in open courtrooms and not behind closed doors of some corporate arbitration panel where the victim's chances to obtain justice are over at "hello."