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Soldier Had Black Eye, Broken Nose, and Burned Genιtalia: Army Ruled it a Suicide


Soldier Had Black Eye, Broken Nose, and Burned Genιtalia: Army Ruled it a Suicide



by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Lavena Johnson was just 19-years old when she joined the military in 2005.  She was trying to raise money for college, and like a lot of young people, she thought that her time in the military would improve her life, not end it.

But there is a secret that the military doesn’t share with recruits:  A woman has a greater chance of being raped in the military than she has of being killed by enemy fire.  I suspect that if Lavena had received this information, she would never have joined.

Lavena’s parents, several public officials and tens of thousands of people around the nation believe that Lavena was sexuαlly assaulted and murdered on the day she died.  Her autopsy report and photographic evidence revealed that Johnson had a black eye, broken nose, loose teeth and burned genιtals.  Also, the gunshot wound she received was inconsistent with the military’s story of how the young woman died.

Despite evidence to the contrary, the Department of Defense stood by its original conclusion that Johnson had died via suicide.  Her family continues to fight, but the military is allowed to operate as its own sovereign entity, and somehow able to pretend that thousands of sexuαl assaults never happened.

The DOD has admitted that the number of sexuαl assaults in the military increased six-percent last year, to 3,374.  But based on anonymous surveys sent out to military personnel, this number only represents a fraction of the sexuαl assaults which take place in the military every year.  According to the survey, 26,000 rapes happened in the military last year and there is no evidence that the number is starting to decrease.

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Even sadder is that most of the rapes that are reported never end up receiving adequate prosecution. Out of the 3,374 incidents reported, just 302 of these cases went to trial, resulting in just 238 convictions.  So, not only is sexuαl assault rampant in the military, less than 1% of all of these cases lead to anyone being convicted.

Here are more shocking statistics if you’d like to see them. 

I don’t have to explain just how atrocious and embarrassing these statistics are.  I also confess that I will never agree with my daughter deciding to enter the armed forces.  Women fighting for their country should not be exposed to such horrific injustice, and it’s time that the military be held accountable.

Warn  your daughters and tell them the truth:  Until they stop allowing dedicated soldiers to be raped without punishment or thorough investigation, the military is no place for a woman.  The lack of fit is not due to women being incapable of serving as bravely as men, it’s due to the military’s inability to protect them from men seeking to harm them.  Americans should not silently endure this injustice.

Dr. Boyce Watkins co-stars in the Janks Morton Film “Hoodwinked,” starring Dr. Steve Perry, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu and Dr. Ivory Toldson. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

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  1. Barbara

    October 25, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Almost half (40%) of those 26 thousand rapes are reported to be males raping other males. It’s not safe for males or females in the military. I would not let my child join the military–male or female.

  2. Deborah

    October 25, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I agree Dr Watkins, that these statistics are horrible, but the solution is not to tell women who wish to, not to serve their country. The solution is to take the decision power out of the hands of commanders who have either been disgracefully incompetent, or misused that power, and put it into the hands of the prosecutors. That way, there will be less room to avoid dealing out strict sentences to the criminals that commit these atrocious crimes. Patriotic women should not work in an environment where they are subject to the sickening nature of rape, but they should be free to serve America.

    • WizardG

      September 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      The mere fact that you mention patriotism in your comment assures me that you haven’t got a clue what’s going on in this country and surely no adequate world view! You may feel insulted but this should make you want to strive to figure out what I’m talking about, and improve that which you are not aware of. Patriotism?.Don’t make me laugh!

  3. Ann G.

    October 25, 2013 at 9:15 am

    This is truly sad! No justice for this young lady! They may rule it as they see fit but this was not a suicide!

  4. deloris

    October 25, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I was under the impression that the military issued a weapon to women as well as men in the military. When someone is raping you they are not your friend. Treat them as the enemy and fire your weapon. Remember you are at war. What is wrong with these women brained washed. And shoot the right spot, and I am not talking about the heart, but the hard.

    • Bree

      May 29, 2015 at 11:07 am

      You’re stupid if you think that everyone just so happens to have their gone strapped to their bare waist (cause they may have had their pants pulled down) and have their hands free to reach for their gun and fire. Seriously. Did you put any thought into your statement?! Please… don’t answer that cause you probably won’t put much thought into that either.


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  6. Weslin1

    October 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Being in military service & be in the military during war is two different things. Plus it all depends on the military command & structure. If they don’t really care about a woman’s rights & her well being overall; then it is a uphill battle. Being a nurse and being a soldier on the battle field an be at the opposite ends of the spectrum for a woman in the military. A female soldier recruit might not never be able to imagine the abuse she might have to endure. So always be vigilant.

  7. black jones

    October 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    You don’t have to be in the Military—-you just gonna come in contact with a low down– think he’s entitled— weak scum bag for a RAPE to occur!

  8. KDD

    October 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    This is exactly why I told my niece NOT to join the service. This is a travesty of justice and I pray to God this poor woman’s parents are able to get justice for their daughter posthumously. This matter needs to be shouted from the highest mountaintop.

  9. mmdccbslm

    October 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    they won’t do right by black americans in the armed services. too many cracKKKers and people who quietly support and tolerate them.

  10. Udosed

    October 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    This is awful and soooo difficult to read. Actually makes the Armys denial look foolish, How could this woman have these kind and the number of injuries and be determined as a suicide…b=BTW Where is Al Sharpie…probally at Wells Fargo….oh! Walmart

  11. HiRoader2

    October 29, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    D.a.m.n. all the rape statistics.., This a muder cover up… Never got over the details of her body in the back of my mind… Who does this? And where in the country are they now?… Even the Iraqis during the invasion returned captured American service women back to safety… Let’s stop taken that units “word” for it., Strap em down to a detector & find some answers… By reading the article no progress has been made…

  12. Zandra Conway

    October 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    It makes me very mad to hear Military Women ‘beaten’ down by some awful men who are also in the Military. These type of men get away from taking advantage of Women who want to be in the Armed Services.

    My prayers to Lavena Johnson, her family and friends. It is so wrong on those ‘fools’ who continue to hurt women.

    …ashamed of these fools!

  13. Peter D. Slaughter

    December 18, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Any time I read this story.It’s so sad and tragic as to what happen to this strong black woman and how her family must feel deep down with her gone.
    This should and could be a wake call for all black people period.
    The 60’s are over,civil rights are over. So-called black leadership has no real power,but plenty of good sounding talk.
    Look at the overall condition of a vast % of black people in spite of voting for a so-called black president.
    It’s insane and tragic also.
    In order for black people to survive as the future unfolds.
    It’s going to take a massive wake up call mentally to get beyond all this slave like ignorance and other ghetto rachet type behavior
    that has become so popular today as just some good ole black entertainment. Rest in peace to this sister and peace to the family.

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