Negative publicity about the Peace Corps
- We wanted to alert you that a multipart series by Cox Newspapers'
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Russell Carollo is
expected to be released as soon as Saturday, October 18th, which
contains negative publicity about the Peace Corps.
Kevin Quigley's message to the NPCA & RPCV community is below:
To: NPCA Members and Friends
Fr: Kevin Quigley, NPCA
Re: Negative Publicity about the Peace Corps
A multi-part series by Cox Newspapers' Pulitzer Prize-winning
investigative reporter Russell Carollo charging that Peace Corps does
little to protect volunteers and under-reports incidences of rape and
assault, which have risen substantially since the early 1990s.
Carollo and colleague Jeff Nesmith won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for
national reporting for a series on mismanagement in military health
care. (The current issue of Jane magazine has an article by RPCV
Claudine Ko entitled, "The Peace Corps Never Warned Me What I Was
Really In For: Assault, Forced Medication and Parasitesand
Could That Possibly May Be Way So Many Women Bail?" reflecting
current media interest in this topic.)
Possibly as early as this Saturday, October 18.
In the Dayton (OH) Daily News, owned by the Cox News conglomerate,
and, possibly, syndicated in Cox's 16 other dailies (which includes
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution), offered to subscribers through Cox
News Service and carried on Cox Net.
At the request of Gordon Radley, who had a lengthy interview, I spoke
with Carollo and indicated:
·NPCA cares deeply about the safety of Peace Corps volunteers and
·We support the mission of Peace Corps to help people, to learn more
about them and their cultures, and to have them better understand us
and our country Because we have "been there and done that," NPCA has
been providing our unique insights about volunteer safety and
security to the current Peace Corps leadership.
When the news breaks, you may want to:
·write a brief letter to the editor of your local newspaper
describing your experience
·call in to your local talk show if they devote a segment to the issue
·send an e-mail to Peace Corps sharing your concerns about safety and
your suggestions for improvement
If you do respond, please let me know mailto:president@...