Don't make a rape victim pay $2 million for trying to receive justice
Jamie Leigh Jones was just 19 years old when she was employed by KBR. She was deployed to Iraq in 2005 in which she was raped so violently her breast implants were ruptured, her pectoral muscles were torn and she was severely bruised. When she reported the rape to KBR officials, she said they placed her under armed guard, held her in a shipping container for hours and wouldn't allow her to make a phone call. She claims she eventually managed to escape the ordeal by convincing one of the guards to let her use his phone, which she used to call her father in the United States.
After the ordeal she had to have two breast operations and hundreds of sessions with a psychiatrist, according to her testimony. In court, Jones said her chest was so disfigured after the incident she needed two reconstructive breast operations - with the first unsuccessful. She became depressed after the attack and developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
KBR is asking U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison for "more than $2 million" in fees, though its attorneys estimate that actual legal costs would come to almost twice that.
KBR have received over $16billion from the Federal Government to the to serve under contract in Iraq. Jamie Leigh Jones is not the only woman that reported sex abuse while serving under KBR. This lawsuit could prevent other women and men to come forward with abuse allegations out of fear that they too would be forced to pay an outrageous amount of payment just to be heard and taken seriously!
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