Panetta, Gates, Rumsfeld Face New Suit Over U.S. Military Rape ‘Epidemic’

 

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the U.S. military’s top brass are accused of refusing to take action on sexual assault in the ranks and ignoring congressional mandates.

Jesse Ellison
The Daily Beast
March 6, 2012

Ariana Klay’s assignment to Marine Barracks Washington should have been the cherry on top of an already illustrious military and academic career. A National Merit scholar and superstar athlete, Klay was recruited by the Naval Academy, becoming the first member of her family to attend college. After a stint at Camp Pendleton, she served an eight-month tour in Iraq before being tapped for the prestigious base.

But shortly after her arrival, she tells The Daily Beast, the base chaplain took her aside and warned her to be careful. Within days, she says, junior Marines were calling her “slut” and “whore.” In December 2009, four months after her arrival, Klay formally requested deployment to Afghanistan. The request was denied—as were three subsequent ones. Seven months later, she says, a senior Marine officer and his friend came into her home, a block from the base, and gang-raped her. But that was just the beginning of Klay’s ordeal: because of the retaliation she says she was subjected to after reporting the rape, she fell into a deep depression, and last March she attempted suicide.

 

 

To read the full article at The Daily Beast, click here.

 

Look at the links below for more information about the documentary, The Invisible War:

The Invisible War of Military Women

The Invisible War

Cinedigm Picks up Sundance Documentary “Invisible War”

Sundance Institute | Online Film Guide

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