By RICHARD F. BELISLE
Carrying signs saying "Segregate rapists, not military women," and "Stop the war on women," nearly 20 members of the local National Organization of Women chapter picketed the office of U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md. in Hagerstown Saturday, protesting his stand against coed military training.
Beverly Kipe, president of the local NOW group, said the protesters were responding Bartlett's recent introduction of a bill that would ban mixed-sex training . The bill was filed in the wake of a series of rapes and sexual assaults against women recruits by the drill instructors at Army training bases.
"It's blaming the victim," Kipe said. "Just because a woman is raped does not mean that women should be separated from men. Men have to be responsible for their own actions."