(Posted October 18, 2004)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- A former captain in the U.S. Air Force will talk at Juniata College about the culture of violence within the U.S. military in the lecture "National Security or Programmed Abuse" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28 in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dorothy Mackey, who served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for nine years, is the co-founder of STAMP, which stands for Survivors Take Action Against Abuse by Military Personnel.

In her talk she will examine the culture of violence that has plagued the military, often resulting in scandals centering on sexual harassment and rape. Mackey experienced sexual and physical assaults from two senior officers during her stay in the military and found that her complaints were not taken seriously by her military chain of command.

By founding STAMP (wwww.staaamp.org) she sought a place for military personnel could report abuse and receive help when seeking legal action against abusers.

She has appeared on a variety of network news programs, including the "Today Show," "The O'Reilly Report" and several CNN news programs hosted by Wolf Blitzer and Paula Zahn.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.