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>> welcome back to the annual food & wine classic in aspen. kitchenaid is showing festival guests the iconic kitchenaid artisan stand mixer and its versatile attachments, making it the one everyday appliance you can't live without. in addition to the food processor attachment that dices, slices, shreds, and juliennes into any size bowl or pan, and the ice cream maker attachment, kitchenaid is also demonstrating the revolutionary new spiralizer attachment that automatically spiralizes, slices, and peels a huge variety of vegetables and fruits, transforming them into incredibly beautiful, delicious, and healthy meals. guests here are buzzing about it. take a look. >> i love it. look at all those noodles from just that one zucchini.
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and you can make medium noodles like these. or, simply by changing the blade... you can make fine noodles like these. sauté some shrimp in a light garlic sauce and garnish with a little basil, and you have delicious, low-carb shrimp scampi with noodles. what do you think? >> it's really good. >> mm-hmm. >> everybody loves sweet potatoes. you can use this blade and make curly fries in seconds. or use the slicing blade and easily make sweet and spicy sweet potatoes with garlic dipping sauce. here. tell me what you think. >> oh, thank you. >> such a healthy alternative. >> that is so good. >> our kids are gonna love this. >> mm. >> mashed potatoes just got a lot easier. the spiralizer peels potatoes and any other vegetable automatically in seconds. >> it's just the skin, too. >> i know! that's awesome. >> with the spiralizer attachment, you can easily transform ordinary fruits and
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vegetables into extraordinary salads that your family and your guests will love, like this one. the beets, along with apple and quinoa, become a healthful, delicious salad. would you like to try it? >> sure. mmm. >> what do you think? >> so good. mmm. >> well, i hope you enjoyed our visit to the annual food & wine classic in aspen. you can certainly see why festival guests are so excited about the new spiralizer attachment. just imagine how creative you can be, re-inventing all your favorite dishes as healthy, delicious meals, salads, and desserts your family will love. the spiralizer attachment, along with the food processor attachment, the ice cream maker, and 13 other versatile stand mixer attachments will truly make the artisan stand mixer the culinary center of your kitchen every day. thanks for joining us. i'm julie zwillich. i hope you enjoy exploring all of the culinary possibilities of your new kitchenaid artisan stand mixer. >> announcer: this year,
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kitchenaid provided festival guests at the food & wine classic in aspen with the opportunity to experience the remarkable versatility of the iconic kitchenaid artisan stand mixer for themselves. >> that is terrific. >> this is the only mixer to own, because it can do so much. >> announcer: and now you can have the opportunity to try the artisan stand mixer in your home, risk-free, for 30 days, or if you already own a stand mixer, add one or several attachments at a great savings. you'll discover how the built-in power hub and 16 available attachments transform the kitchenaid stand mixer into an astonishing new appliance that can replace so many other appliances in your kitchen and inspire your everyday creativity, like the revolutionary new spiralizer attachment that provides automatic spiralizing, slicing, and peeling for a variety of fruits and vegetables, to help you reinvent the ordinary into extraordinary dishes. easily make fine or medium noodles and beautiful accordion slices from vegetables and fruits. just imagine creating delicious
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and healthy low-carb, gluten-free recipes like these for your family and friends. and it goes far beyond simply spiralizing. it can also slice and peel at the same time. just think of all you can make. >> if i had this in my kitchen, i would use it every day. this is awesome. >> announcer: the food processor attachment dices, shreds, slices, and juliennes directly into any size bowl or platter for virtually unlimited capacity. the exactslice lever instantly adjusts the thickness of slices without changing the blade. and with the popular ice cream maker attachment, you'll create gourmet ice cream, sorbet, and gelato. the artisan stand mixer will make it easy to ignite your culinary creativity every day with the freshest, healthiest ingredients. your stand mixer comes complete with all the essentials -- a flat beater to thoroughly mix ingredients for piecrusts, cakes, and more. the dough hook that mixes and kneads dough with ease, for pasta, breads, and pizza dough. the wire whip is ideal for recipes that require infusing
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air, like fresh whipped cream and meringue. and this large, 5-quart, stainless-steel bowl with pouring shield. call or go online now to order your kitchenaid artisan stand mixer. choose the color that suits your style, from all-time favorites onyx black, empire red, and metallic chrome, or select a color as unique as you from over a dozen stylish favorites, including our exclusive color for this offer, apple cider. you can own the kitchenaid artisan stand mixer for just six payments of $59.99, plus tax, and shipping is free. your purchase of the artisan stand mixer includes two gifts -- the chef-inspired cookbook, featuring recipes in today's show, and the flex edge beater that thoroughly mixes ingredients with no need to scrape down the side of the bowl -- together, a $50 value, free. and here's the big news. your purchase of the stand mixer today includes the popular ice cream maker attachment, free. plus, you'll receive up to $50 off a select attachment purchase. choose your favorite, from the new spiralizer attachment, or
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food processor attachment. together, it's over a $500 value for just six payments of $59.99. that's over $180 in free gifts and product savings, and shipping is free. best of all, try the kitchenaid artisan stand mixer risk-free for 30 days. if you're not delighted, return it for a full refund of the purchase price. if you're already a stand mixer owner, call now to purchase the ice cream maker, food processor attachment, or the brand-new spiralizer attachment separately at a special new price. call or go online now and make the kitchenaid artisan stand mixer the culinary center of your kitchen. order now. the preceding program was a sponsored presentation for the sponsored presentation for the kitchenaid artisan stand mixer.
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when a rapist leaves the military, they go back into the civilian population, and then the heinous crimes continue. so, the main thing is to -- >> so, why now? is that because the outside world, it doesn't prosecute. right now, it's prosecuted in the military, right? >> no, it's not. that's the problem. the problem is, you see there's not a lot of -- >> so, the general public doesn't know? >> there's not a lot of rapists in the military.
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the percentage of rapists are small, but the fact is, an average rapist, according to the american psychiatric association, performs 300 to 600 rapes in their lifetime. they're serial rapists. 90% of them are serial rapists. >> so, the people who were prosecuted in the military, that information doesn't get out to the general public? >> no, they're not prosecuted. this is the problem. it's up to the commanders. >> right. >> it goes to -- you see, they have a funny judicial system. you know, it goes to the commander, and the commander determines whether it was rape or not, who is not qualified to make that decision. they need to take this particular crime and violent crimes against servicemembers out of the hands of the commanders. >> we thank the california legislators for -- for supporting us and for getting the word out and continuing to do so. i think the most important thing is to continue to speak with people like you that are so gracious to give us this time and also to educate people about the benefits of coming forward and not keeping a secret. that poisons you from the inside out. that's one of the most important things. >> well, you guys are a delightful couple. we were talking on the break,
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and you have great senses of humor, and you need to have that to get through something like this, right? >> mm-hmm. >> final thoughts, michael, before we wrap up? we're almost out of time. >> well, you know, the thing i would like to get out there is, we need a -- the reason we made the movie was to publicize this, and we need the backing of our, you know, communities to call -- everyone to call your -- your congress and senate and complain. i mean, they -- they're not acting on it. our government's broken, but the way to fix it is by, you know, complaining. >> all right. geri lynn, final thoughts on you? >> [ sighs ] i'm very much solution-focused. and so, my feeling is create a sense of hope by letting people know that... there are people that care, not just us. there are a lot of other advocates in this realm that are there to, you know, give you a lifeline, to help support you so that you can get the healing that you deserve and that you need, and that's the most important thing. that's the beginning. ♪ >> when we come back, you'll meet another veteran who was
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sexually assaulted in the military who got the help he needed, and you'll meet some of the key people leading the way and offering help and resources for survivors. hey i think the internet just went down. huh, why don't you give it a sec, it'll come back. something just happened in the world and we have no idea what it was. get high speed internet from at&t with 99.9% reliability for just $30 a month. keep calm, your internet's on. with 99.9% reliability for just $30 a month. thank you so much. did you say honey? hey, try some? mmm that is tasty. is it real? of course... are you? nope animated you know i'm always looking for real honey for honey nut cheerios well you've come to the right place. great, mind if i have another taste? not at all
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mmm you're all right bud? never better i don't know if he likes that. yeah part of the complete breakfast connection to nature is a right that the trust for public land is fighting to preserve. from boulevards to ball fields and ponds to playgrounds, together we have saved over 3 million acres of land. a park is a gift that is worth protecting. help support the trust for public land and the gift of parks today. >> we're talking about military sexual trauma, or mst for short. joining us in the studio right now are three guests. heath phillips is an mst survivor and advisory board member for protect our defenders. nancy parrish is the founder of protect our defenders. it's a human-rights organization which fights to help veterans
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who have been sexually assaulted. and colonel don christensen is the new president of protect our defenders. i want to thank you all for being here. this is a story that we've been following and working on for a long time. it's really hard to get attention on this subject, and, heath, something terrible happened to you when you were just a young man in the military. so -- so, tell me. let me start with you. >> um... i joined the military at 17. um, boot camp and everything was everything that you were told it is. once i boarded my ship, that's when the nightmare began. i was sexually assaulted by six fellow shipmates. my command chose to ignore me instead of help me out. i... tried suicide. i tried running away. i went awol. with the help of my parents, we did a congressional investigation. but... something that most people don't understand... when you're not on base, it's
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different, but once you're back on your base, that's the law. >> you're going back to where your attackers were? >> yes, ma'am. >> yeah. what happened to you? >> um... >> how did it affect you? >> [ sighs ] >> i was... a drunk for many, many years. you know, i did things wrong in life that i'm not proud of. if it was not for nancy parrish and protect our defenders, i honestly don't know where i'd be today. >> nancy, i want to talk to you about even the need for coming up with an organization, protect our defenders -- it's even hard to -- to think that we have to do that. >> it is. you know, the military has a rape problem. >> uh... sexual-assault rates for active-duty males is 100% greater and for active-duty females, 50% greater than their civilian counterparts in the reserves. it's an epidemic. and our -- our mission, really, is to change the culture of misogyny and victim blaming, denial of male rape.
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and to do this, you have to fix the ineffective and dysfunctional justice system. so, we coalesced a community of survivors and their families to advocate for change, and we provide free legal help to -- for active-duty members, veterans, and civilians. we educate the public, and we push for much-needed policy reform. >> it's an incredible amount of work, and just, colonel christensen, you've taken on this role. you were the chief prosecutor in the air force, and you also wound up defending people at one point in your career, so you've seen all sides of this issue. how -- how does this happen, and how do we change it? >> well, the biggest problem we have is, we have a justice system that's archaic and is a command-centered justice system. in other words, instead of having a professional prosecutor's office determine whether a case should go to trial or not or what should happen when somebody attacks somebody like keith, we have commanders who know the accused,
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are gonna know the people who have committed the crime, and oftentimes know the survivor of the sexual assault, and so, based upon their biases, all too often, we see justice denied to those people who are -- are victims of sexual assault. and so, to fix it, the first thing we need to do is -- is get legislation passed to change our system so that we have independent, professional military prosecutors who are trained in the very difficult job of prosecuting sexual assault make these decisions instead of commanders. >> i'm an army brat, and i know that my late father would've been appalled by all of this. you're talking about changing the whole mind-set because chain of command in the military is everything. but when somebody's assaulted, they can't just go to the police like any other victim. >> right. what we're looking for is for our brave men and women who -- who protect this country to have a justice system as good as the one that they protect and defend
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when they go overseas. and then to accomplish that, we need to have a process where we have professional -- a military justice that is run by prosecutors and that we have a police force that is there to properly investigate these crimes, just like the great people in san francisco. when they have a crime, they go to their local police agency. that police agency investigates, and then the district attorney makes a decision whether or not a case should go forward. we're not asking that our military members have anything more, just something as good as what they'd have in the civilian world. >> the world that they protect. >> the world they protect. >> yeah. nancy, is this possible? i know that congress is trying hard to do something about this. >> well, it is possible. in fact, we -- we have -- we have a bipartisan majority in the senate, and -- and we've made some significant progress. but with the coalition of the survivor community and human-rights attorneys and through our pro-bono work, we --
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you know, we know that we can fix this, but we also believe that the president must show leadership as he has with civilian criminal-justice reform. our troops deserve nothing less. >> absolutely. all right, firstly, we're out of time. thank you for being with us today. heath, you're gonna stick around for us for our next segment, and we are going to be back in just a moment. big thanks to nancy parrish and' colonel christensen with protect our defenders and to heath phillips, who is a survivor rape. we will stay with us for the next segment. now, when we come back, you're going to meet two attorneys who have been honored for their work on behalf of military sexual assault survivors, so please stay with us. we'll be right back. ♪
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>> we're talking about a tragic subject -- rape in the military, affecting women and men. heath phillips is joining us once again as a survivor, and our new guests are two attorneys from the legal aid society
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employment law center, elizabeth kristen, the director of their gender equity and lgbt rights program, and cacilia kim, special council, and you were both honored by congresswoman jackie speier, and you won a whole bunch of other awards, so congratulations. >> thank you. >> thanks, cheryl. >> and i appreciate you both being here today. i want to start with heath because you had a legal battle after you reported what happened to you -- your -- your sexual assault. so, tell me what happened with -- with how they -- they treated you in the military. >> um... eventually, i was discharged. it was a dishonorable discharge because i went awol. um... >> and you went awol because you didn't want to be assaulted again. >> to protect myself, yes. that was the only way i could protect myself. um... >> so, you didn't get your benefits. you had to fight for them. >> it... took years... and years. i had a lot of support. protect our defenders, congresswoman jackie speier...
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my senator, senator... kirsten gillibrand. between all of them, the pro-bono... i... took years. um, finally, i won my appeal. and... i have 100% service connected for ptsd due to the mst. and... >> and i think a lot of people don't understand that, who are not in the military, when they hear ptsd and mst. so -- so, let me start with you, elizabeth, and, cacilia, you can jump in if you want to, just for people who don't understand how those two are connected. >> yeah, ptsd is a term that means posttraumatic stress disorder, and military sexual trauma is a term that's abbreviated mst, and so, it happens when someone is sexually assaulted in the military. they develop ptsd, but it has some different symptoms that ptsd you might develop from combat. it's, in some ways, more severe than combat ptsd, and yet it's more difficult sometimes to get those benefits that heath was
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talking about. >> so, heath, you feel like you were retaliated against, right? >> yes, ma'am, in more than one way. >> and how would you compare that retaliation to the assault? >> [ sighs ] it's actually worse. >> it was worse? >> i-i-it's more demeaning. when... you join the military, they're supposed to have your back, and when they don't have your back... it makes it worse. and then the v.a. -- they don't help you out. it makes it worse. so, you relive each moment over and over. so, each time they retaliate against you by... taking your benefits away or not allowing you to be seen, it reopens the wounds. >> mm, i'm so sorry. cacilia, we were talking off air about the retaliation and the problems that you're seeing, a kind of a theme that happens with people who are survivors of these attacks. you're seeing sort of the same thing. they get diagnosed with a certain type of disorder.
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>> right, and we've heard that a lot from servicemembers who have been assaulted, like heath, where, you know, once they are assaulted, then they have these -- instead of having ptsd from the military sexual trauma. they're diagnosed with pre-existing personality disorders. and because it pre-existed, the military, they don't -- the military doesn't have to provide any kind of compensation or treatment for the veterans, and so this is another form of punishment and retaliation that you see against servicemembers, and, unfortunately, retaliation is still widespread for people who come forward and say they've been sexually assaulted, and there's a recent -- the most recent data shows that nearly 2/3 of those who come forward to say they've been sexually assaulted are still being retaliated once they make the report, so this is a huge issue, and before we say to servicemembers they to come forward and repot these assaults, we really need to make sure that they are not retaliated for doing so. >> this is really alarming because someone like heath -- it's taken him 30 years to get to a better place thanks to all
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the help and to his own determination, but what -- i mean, what do we tell our survivors who are afraid? >> it's very difficult for survivors to come forward, and yet there's a paradox. if they don't come forward, we're never gonna stop this problem of military sexual assault. so, i have so much respect and admiration for people like heath who come forward and for the work that protect our defenders is doing and our advocates like congresswoman speier to both make the system better and also to support our survivors, to come forward because we can't have them remaining silent and have this epidemic continue. >> and i think it's particularly important for male sexual-assault victims to come forward because this is an overlooked issue. so, 85% of the active-military force are male, so at least as many, if not more, men have been sexually assaulted in the military as women, and yet most of the -- the work and the prevention for military sexual trauma or sexual assaults in the military have focused largely on women, and there aren't many services for men, and so it really -- we need to bring this
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issue to the forefront and keep it in the forefront until we stop these assaults. >> so we need to hear from more male survivors. is that what you're saying? >> exactly. >> but it's a terrifying catch-22. you are now on the advisory board for protect our defenders. >> yes, ma'am. >> what -- knowing all of this and what you've been through, what do you say to people? >> well, well, when i came forward... i have a word terminology. it's like a burn victim. each time i speak about it, i'm shedding an extra layer of skin. and it... i'm not healed, but it's helping me heal. >> mm-hmm. >> [ sighs ] i can't speak for anybody else, but for myself, coming forward was probably the best thing i could've ever done in my life. and if anybody else comes forward, there is protect our defenders there's people there to help you, and that's -- they need to come forward and get the help they need. >> we have about 10 seconds left. final thought from you, elizabeth.
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>> i just have so much admiration for our servicemen and -women who do come forward and do speak out against sexual assault, and i want them to know that protect our defenders, and the pro-bono network, we're there to support them as best we can. >> you know, this isn't one or two isolated incidents. we have thousands of military servicemembers who have been raped when they join the military service to serve their country, and so we really need to focus on this issue and stop the assaults. >> all right, thank you all for being here. thank you for being so public about it, and congratulations on healing or at least beginning that process with your family. >> thank you. >> all right, i really appreciate your being here. >> thank you. it was a pleasure. >> thank you. >> and thank you so much for joining us. for more information about today's special program and resources where you live, just to our website, abc7news.com/community. we're also on facebook at abc7communityaffairs, and follow me on twitter @cherylabc7. i'm cheryl jennings. we'll see you next time. ♪
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>> fans feeting confident. the tub nation celebration after the warriors' game one win against portland. >> demonstrators taking to streets of oakland and an east bay family turned loss into an opportunity to help save they're lovin' their vegetables.
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draymond strong. the team powers forward with smooth moves beating the blazer. let's begin with live team coverage of the warriors' win and there's no word on steph curry's return. mike shumann mook has more. first the fans that leslie brinkley -- a lot of excitement there today. >> reporter: there was. pretty quiet now, but dub nation is celebrating, and if today's win is any indication, it's going to be quite an exciting series with the next game played here at home.

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