Stories By Karisa King

  • Changing times at Lackland True to Air Force tradition, in which trainees receive a ceremonial coin marking the end of boot camp, the recruits stood shoulder-to-shoulder and waited at attention for their turn to receive the tokens. New rules requiring instructors and...
  • A week before Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin threw out a pilot's sexual-assault conviction and set off a national scandal that continues to reverberate, he disregarded a stern warning from a wing commander who predicted the move would...
  • Eid al-Fitr festival recognizes Muslim traditions as Ramadan... San Antonio is considered a city characterized by religious tolerance, officials said.
  • The sentence came late Tuesday after 1st Lt. Adam Cohen pleaded guilty to charges that he harassed friends of the man he accused as his attacker, in addition to wire fraud and several counts of fraternization stemming from relationships with...
  • Air Force turned the tables on First Lt. Adam Cohen after he reported the rape and began investigating him instead.
  • Victims are grilled in military sex-assault investigations In a practice foreign to the civilian court system, military defense lawyers are allowed to subject victims to harsh, personal questioning before any trial. Many victims choose to drop their charges
  • Nuns on the Bus back immigration bill Hundreds showed up Sunday to support call for immigration reform, which is the topic of a national tour by a group of Catholic sisters.
  • GI sex abuse has powerful foes In a corner of the cavernous room adorned with historic frescoes, Kimberly Hanks, the victim in the court-martial case, sat on a red leather couch next to a wingback chair occupied by Sen. Barbara Boxer, their knees almost touching. Hanks, still...
  • After new accounts of retaliation against troops who report sexual assault emerged in a San Antonio Express-News series this week, Washington lawmakers and advocates condemned the military's handling of the issue and expressed growing urgency for...
  • Washington lawmakers and victims' advocates condemned the military's handling of sexual assaults, saying there is growing urgency for reform after new accounts of retaliation against troops who report assaults were reported in a San Antonio...
  • After new accounts of retaliation against troops who report sexual assault emerged in a San Antonio Express-News series this week, Washington lawmakers and advocates condemned the military's handling of the issue and expressed growing urgency for...
  • Rape victims' transfer requests denied [...] of Three Parts In all, it would take seven months for her to leave Goodfellow, and by then, she had been scorned by her superiors in an e-mail as a "basket case," improperly diagnosed with bipolar disorder and subjected to what she...
  • Assault victims struggle to transfer to other posts Pentagon directive to let victims quickly transfer away from the scene of their attacks isn't always followed, and some victims instead are investigated for their own conduct.
  • How military makes target of rape victims [...] of Three Parts On orders from her command on March 16, 2006, Helmer had joined her fellow officers for a St. Patrick's Day pub run, a night of bar-hopping that ended across the street from the prestigious Marine Barracks Washington, where...
  • Military sex offenders rarely punished, while victims are... Because of retaliation and harassment, most sex assault victims don't report the crimes. Their careers are ended, while offenders usually get to stay in the military
  • Military often betrays sex-assault victims What followed is familiar to many victims of sexual assault and rape in the military, according to active and former troops, families, victims advocates and veterans groups. Similar accounts from members in every branch of the military show that...
  • In the military, sex assault victims labeled as mentally ill... Few victims report their assaults to military officials, and those who do then find they are targeted and declared unfit for service.
  • The San Antonio Housing Authority launched an initiative Tuesday to install free WiFi for residents at 30 public housing sites. The agency will install two or more computers with wireless access in community rooms at each site, in the hope that...
  • A new account of the Navy SEAL who says he killed Osama bin Laden chronicles the troubling fate of the shooter who was left bereft and awaiting disability benefits after 16 years of service, a story that is almost sure to refocus attention on the...
  • Fans in S.A. celebrate football's finale Sunday‚Äôs Super Bowl drew hordes of hyped-up fans to parties across the city, including one given by Billy and Shana Neel that resulted in donations to the San Antonio Food Bank.