Posted in CDL Training, Entry-Level Driver Training, Sexual Harassment, Trucking, Women Truckers, tagged CDL Training, Harrassment, Rape, Sexual Harassment, Students, Violence, Women in Trucking, Women Truckers on February 11, 2015|
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REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. Launches to Advocate for Urgently Needed Industry Changes while Supporting Female Truckers
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (February 11, 2015) – The promise of a fresh start and great pay draws thousands of people, including many women, to become truck drivers, but fundamental flaws in the driver recruiting and training process are putting female truckers, and all drivers on major highways, at risk. A newly launched trade association, REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. (RWIT), is working to change the industry from the inside out, and seeks the community’s help to raise awareness and support for issues that put drivers in danger.
RWIT was initially formed in 2010 by female truckers to protest poor conditions that were not being effectively addressed by the trucking industry. The women found the driver training process to be a harrowing experience, as they received little training, even driving tractor-trailers without proper instruction. Worse, training often included being paired with drivers who verbally and physically abused the women, and made aggressive sexual advances. (more…)
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Posted in Texas Bill HB2932 & SB1558, tagged Austin, Change, Criminals, Dallas, Drugs, FBI, highways, Organizations, Police, Politics, Predators, Rape, safety, Security, Students, Texas, truckers, Trucking, Twitter, Violence, Women on April 21, 2009|
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This is why I Support Texas Bill HB 2932 & SB 1558
Another twist of fate occurred while I have been trying to finish my student trucker story on “Ask the Trucker “ in a section created for me called, A Day in the Life of a Lady Trucker .
In December 2008 I received a notification from Dallas Police Headquarters that my DNA was matched to the man who raped me in front of my small children in 1989.
Some of the difficulties I had from that crime were from the way it was mishandled by DPD in the eighties. I just last month learned more about the man who did this cowardly act.
At the time, the organizational structure I reported to and sought assistance from failed me and I did not trust them.
I carried a lot of bitterness toward this organization until about 6 years ago when I saw a woman on CNN speaking about how she took the initiative to follow up on her own rape case with the Dallas Police Department. As it turned out, a suspect was apprehended who was a radio personality and serial rapist. I learned later that Dallas, Texas had a rash of separate serial rapes that occurred in the eighties.
I was motivated to take control of my bitterness, so I called Dallas Police headquarters and with relative ease made contact with a Sergeant who listened to my story and my hostility. (more…)
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In the Drivers Seat
I have been writing my Student Trucker Story on “Ask the Trucker” since October 2008.
Although by October I was in a much different situation because I had moved from the “Team Division” into a Dedicated Solo Fleet beyond the ridiculously unsafe situations my company placed me in during my training.
In this new division I saw very quickly how things should be done. The entire manner of my new fleet was more effective because the communication and professionalism was much better. Partially because the contract DEMANDS it or the contract will be lost.
I was also driving solo finally, not required to drive & live with someone from unknown origins. (more…)
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