Monday, October 12, 2009

Sexual Assault and the Military

The organization Veterans for Peace reports that 37% of the attempted and raped women in a VA study also reported being raped more than once and 14% of them reported being gang raped. This study also discovered that 75% of raped women in the military failed to report it.

The Department of Defense also reports that 1 in 3 women in the military are raped. This information lead the organization, Veterans for Peace, to designate the week of October 12-16, 2009 to be “Military Rape Awareness Week.” Sgt. Sandra Lee, a soldier who reports that she was raped twice while deployed in Iraq, made her first public statement to help kick off the campaign.

For more information, you can visit the Veterans for Peace website.

You can also go to The National Newsmagazine Colorlines or visit their blog, RaceWire for more information about women in the military and their obstacles around gender, sexuality and race.

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