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March 24, 2017

WMNF Art In Your Ear

JoEllen Schilke interviews Laura Westley about War Virgin the memoir and musical comedy show.
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March 24, 2017

West Point Women Speak Out On Marine Photo Scandal

Laura Westley (War Virgin) and Carol Barkalow (In the Men’s House) discuss the Marines United scandal and describe their own experiences with respect to harassment in the military.
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March 23, 2017

Great Day Tampa Bay, WTSP Channel 10: Female War Heroes share amazing stories!

Laura Westley (War Virgin) and Carol Barkalow (In the Men’s House) discuss how far the military has come and how much more work needs to be done so that women can live out their fullest potential.
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March 21, 2017

The New York Times – What We’re Reading

Breaking the Porn Brotherhood: From Foreign Policy: An Iraq war veteran writes about the discovery that male Marines were sharing pornographic pictures of female Marines on a Facebook group. She calls for zero tolerance for publicly sharing porn, but also remembers how long it took her to stop playing along with the military’s rampant porn...
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March 9, 2017

Daytime TV WFLA – Women’s History Month

Laura Westley (War Virgin) and Carol Barkalow (In the Men’s House) discuss their memoirs, the past and current state of the military with respect to women and the Marines United scandal.
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March 6, 2017

Strides & Setbacks: Women in Combat

Laura Westley, aka War Virgin, contributes to the conversation about the long history of women in combat and what’s in store for the future. Click here for more
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November 11, 2016

Veterans Put Pen To Paper To Share Their Stories

Laura Westley discusses creating War Virgin on WBUR (NPR) 90.9 – Here & Now
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November 9, 2016

My Inability To Accept A Trump Presidency

My best friend believes that Hillary Clinton will win the Presidential election and is concerned about how I may react if that doesn’t happen, and Donald Trump pulls the upset. My friend believes his job is to adapt to either outcome and is thoroughly prepared to do so. Up until this point, I have not...
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November 3, 2016

Q&A with Laura Westley

Laura Westley is a West Point graduate, former U.S. Army Captain and Iraq War veteran. We spoke with her recently about her experience as a veteran, discussing her sense of identity, her connections to mental health efforts, and her story War Virgin, expressed both on the page and the stage.
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November 2, 2016

Veteran tackles important themes in War Virgin

Westley’s superiors created a sexually charged environment that made her feel incredibly uncomfortable.
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October 30, 2016

Business Talk with Jim Campbell

West Point Grad Laura Westley Goes to The Iraq War – “War Virgin” and Her Journey to Liberation
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October 27, 2016

War, Sex and Musical Theater

Laura Westley talks — and sings — about going to war as a virgin
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October 18, 2016

The Dangers of Making Religion and Politics Taboo

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/580617c6e4b08ddf9ece1004?timestamp=1477410919212 Society implores us to not discuss religion and politics in public, especially in the workplace. I think stifling these topics is more dangerous than instigating a public conversation that may prompt dissent. Religion and politics bode to either protect or destroy a population, and despite the separation of church and state, or any rhetoric...
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October 18, 2016

The dichotomy: Female sexual pleasure vs. the respect of American bro culture

Laura shares a gut-wrenching article on the dichotomy of wanting to experience pleasure in the tough environment of the pervasive “bro culture” in our country. http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/10/14/the-dichotomy-female-sexual-pleasure-vs-the-respect-of-american-bro-culture/
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September 22, 2016

In ‘War Virgin,’ a meditation on the female military experience

In ‘War Virgin,’ a meditation on the female military experience https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2016/09/20/war-virgin-meditation-female-military-experience/isbyR3n6DTbDEPpyjEFvDO/story.html
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September 20, 2016

Dunedin veteran opens up about sexual harassment in musical, book

Laura Westley opens up about sexual harassment and other important themes in her memoir and musical comedy show, War Virgin. http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/dunedin-veteran-opens-up-about-sexual-harassment-in-musical-book/2293874
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September 13, 2016

Time for a new approach to sexual harassment, assault in the military

Sexual Harassment is rampant in all of our nation’s industries. Laura Westley, aka War Virgin, candidly depicts her own experiences in the US Army, including how she adapted and accepted harassment as a survival technique. Here Laura suggests how to improve the culture in the military and address this destructive epidemic. https://www.airforcetimes.com/articles/time-for-a-new-approach-to-sexual-harassment-assault-in-the-military
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September 13, 2016

A liberation story: How 9/11 and the Iraq war led me to discover my own freedom

9/11 impacted our entire world. Here Laura Westley, aka War Virgin, describes how 9/11 and its aftermath led to her own freedom. http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/09/12/a-liberation-story-how-911-and-the-iraq-war-led-me-to-discover-my-own-freedom/?wp_login_redirect=0
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March 10, 2016

Dear VA: This is how you address the suicide epidemic

As published in The Hill, February 18, 2016 Not owning a gun helped saved my life. When I attempted suicide two years ago, fortunately I had nothing dangerous enough at home to end my life before realizing that something deep within me still wanted to live. My lack of firepower allowed me to negotiate myself...
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February 5, 2016

Radio Show Guest – That Business Show with Jamie Meloni

Radio Show Guest – That Business Show with Jamie Meloni War Virgin discusses her Book, Show and Military Mental Health Consultancy with Radio Show Host Jamie Meloni.  Also enjoy 2 of her song parodies.
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April 23, 2015

Tampa Bay Creative Loafing – Interview with a War Virgin

Interview with a War Virgin — a conversation with the comedy’s director CL chats with West Point grad Laura Westley about her new show, War Virgin. Posted By SETH PETERSON on Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 6:05 PM War Virgin Sun., April 19, 5:30-9 p.m., at The Studio at 620, St Petersburg Wed., April 22,...
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April 18, 2015

The Tampa Tribune – April 17th 2015

New Port Richey veteran tells her story in musical comedy By Howard Altman | Tribune Staff Published: April 17, 2015   |   Updated: April 17, 2015 at 07:52 PM “War Virgin” is a musical comedy that draws its inspiration through a New Port Richey veteran’s journey of sexual awakening. Written by Laura Westley, a...
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April 18, 2015

ARTICULATE Creatve Pinellas – April 2015

Not Your Average War Story Behind the scenes with the War Virgin By DANIELLE DAVIS on April 17, 2015 10:51 AM It isn’t often a veteran breaks the unspoken code of silence to debrief the entire populace about their time in combat. It is even less likely they would discuss the sexual frustrations of serving...
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