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Military Sexual Assault and Rape ‘Epidemic’

 

Sarah Lazare
Aljazeera
October 20, 2011

Studies suggest as many as one in three female soldiers are raped
during their US military service.

“My experience reporting military sexual assault was worse than the actual assault,” says Jessica (a pseudonym for her protection), a former marine officer and Iraq veteran who left the military because of her command’s poor handling of her assault charges. “The command has so much power over a victim of sexual assault. They are your judge, jury, executioner and mayor: they own the law. As I saw in my case, they are able to crush you for reporting an assault.”

Jessica is joining a civil lawsuit bringing claims against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, charging that under their watch the military failed to adequately and effectively investigate rapes and sexual assaults within the ranks.

To read the full story on the Aljazeera web site, click here.

For more information on the Military Sexual Trauma Class Action Lawsuit mentioned above, click here.

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