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Military Sexual Assault and Rape ‘Epidemic’


Sarah Lazare
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.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against the Pentagon


Ann Wright
February 20, 2011

DOD Fails to Protect Service Members from Rape in the Military

On February 15, 2011, the Pentagon was slammed with a class action lawsuit filed by 15 women and two men who are victims and survivors of rape in the military. Filed in the Eastern District of Northern Virginia by Attorney Susan Burke, the lawsuit contends that Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates, as Secretaries of the Department of Defense, “failed to investigate rapes and sexual assaults, failed to prosecute perpetrators, failed to provide an adequate judicial system as required by the Uniform Military Justice Act and failed to abide by Congressional deadlines to implement Congressionally-ordered institutional reforms to stop rapes and other sexual assaults.

To read Colonel Wright’s full article at OpEdNews.com, click here.

Susan Burke and the attorneys at Burke PLLC are preparing a class action suit on behalf of military and former military victims of sexual trauma, including persons who were raped by their military colleagues.

It is not too late to be part of the Military Sexual Trauma Class Action Lawsuit. If you are interested in potentially participating in this lawsuit, please contact Susan Sajadi at ssajadi@burkepllc.com. Or call Burke PLLC at  202-445-1454  for more information.

The Burke PLLC web site can be viewed at http://www.burkepllc.com/