Friday, April 17, 2009

Women raped in the military

A new book interviews female soldiers who have been sexually assaulted in the military--by our own soldiers! According to NewsMax:
"The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq," a book based on 40 in-depth interviews, recounts the stories of female veterans who served in combat zones and tells of rape, sexual assault and harassment by male counterparts.

There were 2,908 reports overall of sexual assault by members of the military. Such assaults include rape, indecent assault and attempted rape, the report said.

Of the 40 women Benedict interviewed who served between 2003 and 2006, 10 said they had been raped, five said they were sexually assaulted including attempted rape, and 13 reported sexual harassment.

I view this as far more concerning than Abu Ghraib or Gitmo! If ever there needed to be a Congressional investigation, this is it!

1 comment:

Phil said...

It is really sad that this is such a huge issue. The military has stepped up briefings and classes on sexual harassment and sexual assault but personally, I just do not see such classes having any effect on the low lifes who would commit such actions against their own battle buddies. They know full well what they are doing and teh legality of it, they just do not care. Further, the SH/SA briefings focus more on date rape issues instead of the commonality of a woman being outside of her tent along and being drug off by her male counter-parts.