The agency was notified this last Wednesday afternoon about an upcoming broadcast tomorrow morning on CBS This Morning sometime between 7 am and 9 am EST. The topic is sexual assaults on PCVs.
The general feeling within in the agency–based on questions asked–is that the segment will focus on what has gone wrong overseas and CBS will not balance its reporting with the positive changed that have taken place for women since the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011 took effect. The reporting will also focus on the failures of some CDs in country to protect their Volunteers.
Whether the CBS Morning segment will have the ’staying power’ of the 20/20 report remains to be seen. For a good overview of how the agency is doing read the Peace Corps Performance and Accountability Report FY2015. It has just been published.
Meanwhile, applications to join the Peace Corps are at an all time high and the agency cannot meet the request for more PCVs in more country because Congress continues, as always, not to fully fund the agency. The magic number of 10K Peace Corps Volunteers remains allusive.