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“The four major wars in which American women served after World War II can be split into two pairs. Korea and Vietnam were conflicts fought in Asian countries divided by the politics of the Cold War. The Persian Gulf War and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq were fought in the Middle East and grew out of tensions over aggression in that region and, in the latter instance, the 9/11 attacks. For women, the first two wars signaled few advances in their roles in military service, but in the two recent wars, the areas of women’s participation expanded immensely, with potentially more dire consequences.”

The stories of all women veterans need to be collected and preserved for future generations. And this is especially true for the stories of women who experienced sexual assault while serving their country.

Veterans can submit their own stories using the materials available from the Veterans History Project. To learn how you can participate in The Veterans History Project, click here.


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In this episode of In Their Boots, Angie Peacock, an Iraq veteran, drives halfway across the country to confront her PTSD — a painful combination of military sexual trauma and combat stress.

In Their Boots is a documentary series about the impact the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are having on people here at home. The series is funded by a generous grant from the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund (IADIF) of The California Community Foundation and is produced by Brave New Foundation.”


Military Rapes Focus of Florida Produced Documentary


Mary Shedden
Tampa Bay Online
April 24, 2012


Deep scars left by the military’s historic handling of rape in its ranks won’t heal anytime soon, say viewers of a new, locally produced documentary.

Monday’s screening of “Uniform Betrayal: Rape in The Military” comes just a week after U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced new policies and training to address incidents of rape among active-duty personnel, estimated at 19,000 a year.

The film, however, points to a pervasive culture in the military that won’t change with a few policies. It profiles victims who have failed during the past 20-plus years to be heard or helped by the military justice system.

Two rape victims in the documentary said perpetrators included co-workers and supervisors who took advantage of the military’s hierarchy. Those who agreed to speak on camera struggled to share, and several never reported the rapes while they were serving, said Jennifer Molina, a veteran documentary maker.

“There’s no resolution. There’s no peace for these people,” said Molina, the film’s executive producer.

To read the full article on, click here.


To visit the web site for the documentary, “Uniform Betrayal: Rape in The Military,” click here.

The Invisible War


Free Film Screening!!


Date: April 17th, 2012

Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
Location: California State University San Marcos
Academic Hall 102


About the film:

THE INVISIBLE WAR is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands.

Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of several young women, the film reveals the systemic cover up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. THE INVISIBLE WAR features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change.”

A Panel discussion about Military Sexual Trauma will follow the film. Please join us for a free film and interesting discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information or if you have any questions regarding the event please email us at

This event is co-sponsored by the following California State University San Marcos groups: The Veteran’s Center, ASI Women’s Center, Women’s Studies Department, and Women’s Studies Student Association.


The Invisible War: New Film Exposes Rape, Sexual Assault Epidemic in U.S. Military Democracy Now!   January 30, 2012

The Invisible War — film web site

“Ask Her When She’s Sober”


Marty Kaplan
Huffington Post
March 26, 2012


Until Marine Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach and her unborn child were murdered by Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean and buried in his backyard, her congressman, Mike Turner, had a record like any other garden variety Republican warrior on women. With his 100 percent perfect opposition to women’s freedom of choice over their reproductive systems, Turner’s Dayton, Ohio-area constituents had been represented by just the kind of disciplined hard-core conservative that John Boehner and Eric Cantor rely on.

But Turner’s efforts to get Lauterbach’s murderer extradited from Mexico, where the dual national had fled, eventually brought him to do something that Boehner and Cantor despise. Before she was killed, Lauterbach had filed a claim at Camp Lejeune alleging that Lauren had raped her. That’s how Turner’s involvement with her murder — spurred by a request from her family — also became an education in the sexual violence plaguing the military, leading him to join with Massachusetts’s Democratic Rep. Nikki Tsongas to introduce legislation expanding rights and protections for service members who have been the victims of sexual assault.

Read the full article on the Huffington Post, here.

In Harm’s Way

Non-Combat Deaths of Ohio Soldiers Raise Questions About U.S. Military’s Treatment of Female Members

Illustration: Julie Hill


John Lasker
Cincinnati CityBeat
March 27, 2012


“Is this how we treat our female soldiers?” Painfully, this is a question Dayton-area resident Mary Lauterbach has been asking since her daughter, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, was brutally murdered in December 2007 by a fellow Marine she had accused of raping her.

Maria’s story became well known in the Southwestern Ohio area after the Inspector General, in a report released last October, blasted the military for mishandling Maria’s rape case. Besides the Lauterbachs, however, there are several other Ohio families whose military daughters died from “non-combat” circumstances and, like what happened to Maria, their tragedy was amplified when the military tried to tarnish the victim’s reputation and even blame the victim for her own death.

“It’s like a broken record, the same thing keeps happening over and over again,” says Mary Lauterbach about the growing number of female soldiers who suffer what the military calls a “non-combat” related death, which is usually followed by a “completely mishandled investigation,” she adds.

Lauterbach remembers how she told her daughter, “You owe it to your sister Marines to report what happened [the rape].” Now she is dedicated to keeping Maria’s legacy alive, and also the legacies of other female soldiers from Ohio, such as U.S. Marine Stacy Dryden of Canton and U.S. Marine Carrie Leigh Goodwin of Alliance.

To read the full story on the CityBeat site, click here.

Col. Ann Wright (ret) at the March 6, 2012 press conference for the Military Sexual Assault lawsuit at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. Photo: Powers MediaWorks LLC

Col. Wright was interviewed about the ongoing issue of Military Sexual Assault and the recent lawsuit by Pat Thurston of radio station, KGO in San Francisco, California. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the radio below:

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To learn more about the lawsuit filed on behalf of eight current and former members of the Navy and the Marine Corps, click here.

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