A Washington, D.C. law firm retained Powers MediaWorks LLC to provide litigation communication support for lawsuits related to allegations of sexual violence committed against U.S. service members by other service members in the U.S. and in war zones abroad. The law firm subsequently filed several federal lawsuits and administrative actions alleging military command negligence in failed investigations and prosecutions of alleged perpetrators and retaliation against sexual assault survivors.
For nearly four years, we have provided the law firm with strategic counsel and media relations services. We also have supported the firm's consultations with members of Congress, veterans’ advocates, and military sexual violence survivors groups intent on reforming the military justice system.
Powers MediaWorks managed two National Press Club news conferences which were covered by news organizations throughout the world and the second of which was broadcast on national cable TV. The litigation and the campaign of advocates for reform have appeared in thousands of news reports that featured or mentioned the litigation.
The litigation communications support provided to the law firm has helped:
- Raise awareness of military sexual violence;
- Manage intense media interest in the litigation;
- Foster cooperation among veterans advocacy and support groups, and;
- Support efforts in Congress to expand legal rights of and protect military victims of sexual assault.
Hundreds of active-duty and veteran military personnel throughout the world – some of whom report that they endured sexual violence themselves – have contacted the law firm to offer support of the civil litigation. Comments to the firm have included:
- “I want to thank you personally from the bottom of my heart for your work on the issues with military sexual trauma and sexual abuse in the military. I had wished for years I had the strength to speak up…”
- “I am a female, active duty, Navy JAG and just spent three years as a prosecutor. I have seen many sexual assault cases result in acquittals or in offensively low sentences. I'd like to help.”