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3 Apr 2008

Karen Houppert, The Nation [USA]

Another KBR Rape Case

…[A]ll [Lisa Smith, a paramedic for a KBR in southern Iraq] could remember of the night before was screaming and screaming as [a US soldier] anally penetrated her while a colleague who worked for…KBR held her hand--but instead of helping her, as she had hoped, he jammed his penis in her mouth…[A] rash of new sexual assault and sexual harassment complaints are being lodged against overseas contractors--by their own employees…Most of these complaints never see the light of day, thanks to the fine print in employee contracts that compels employees into binding arbitration instead of allowing their complaints to be tried in a public courtroom…In response to a request for comment…a company spokesperson [said] “Smith's "allegations are currently under investigation by the appropriate law enforcement authorities. Therefore, KBR cannot comment on the specifics of the allegations or investigation." The spokesperson added, "Any allegation of sexual harassment or assault is taken seriously and investigated thoroughly." [also refers to Halliburton, Service Employees International Inc.]

Part of the following timelines

Another KBR employee alleges rape by colleague in Iraq - includes company response

KBR lawsuits (re alleged rapes in Iraq)