Legal Advocacy Fund Cases

Myla Haider, Kori Cioca, and Trina McDonald at a survivor speak-out. Photo courtesy of Deb Zeitman.

Myla Haider, Kori Cioca, and Trina McDonald at a survivor speak-out. Photo courtesy of Deb Zeitman.

Kori Cioca always knew she wanted to join the military. As soon as she was eligible, she joined the Coast Guard. She thrived there, until one of her superiors began harassing her. After her complaints about the harassment fell on deaf ears, he escalated his behavior, assaulting her and breaking her jaw and later raping her. Kori eventually left the military, traumatized, wounded, and betrayed.

When Kori found out that about 20 percent of women and 1 percent of men in the military are sexually assaulted, she decided to join the lawsuit Cioca v. Rumsfeldto help change that bleak reality. She and dozens of other military member survivors of sexual violence allege that the failure of the Department of Defense to act on the issue of sexual assault in the military amounts to a violation of their constitutional rights. AAUW proudly supports these plaintiffs and their case.

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Current LAF-Supported Cases

Moshak v. University of Tennessee
Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Hoffman et al v. Panetta et al
Jaureguito v. Feather River Community College (CA)
Klay et al v. Panetta et al
Thein v. Feather River Community College (CA)
Wartluft v. Feather River Community College (CA)

Recently Concluded Cases

Lulu Sun v. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Cioca et al v. Rumsfeld et al
LeBlanc v. Trustees of Indiana University
Parker v. IN High School Athletic Assoc.
Bull v. Board of Trustees of Ball State University
Foltz et al. v Delaware State University
Mansourian, et al. v. Regents of the University of California, et al.

View the list of AAUW’s past supported cases.