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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 07:13 AM

"An 'Occupational Hazard': Rape In The Military"

"An 'Occupational Hazard': Rape In The Military"

This week, The Bob Edwards Show presents a special series, “An ‘Occupational Hazard’: Rape in the Military.” One in three of active-duty women serving the U.S. military have reported being the victim of sexual assault while serving, which is double the rate for civilians. Based on estimates from the Department of Defense, 19,000 servicemen and women were attacked in 2010; however, a vast majority of those violent acts don’t get reported because in the military, victims are required to report within their chain of command. As such, only eight-percent are brought to justice. Defending itself in civilian court in 2011, the Pentagon argued that sexual assault is an “occupational hazard” in the military.

Today’s program presents a portrait of the enduring culture in the military which protects criminals while creating a mental, physical and professional trap for the victims. We hear intimate details from servicemen and women and their families about how Military Sexual Trauma has been a destructive force in their lives. Advocates share stories and describe why this issue has become their passion. And lastly, we visit Capitol Hill to hear lawmakers struggle to reform one of the largest and most powerful institutions in the world: the U.S. military.

Ben Klay learned about his wife’s rape after he caught her trying to kill herself. Ariana and Ben were both Marine Officers at the time, both had deployed to war zones, and yet, both say the ugliest battle they’ve witnessed took place right here at home. Ben captures the sentiment of many interviewed throughout this series:

“The ultimate betrayal is the senior leadership. It’s not farfetched that there are bad people in this world but it baffles the mind to think that the most powerful and possibly the most respected institution in the United States perpetuates, condones, covers up rape and attacks the women, who have been raped in the most degrading way.”


(note: the link worked after about 5 tries but it is the correct link. Their site just seems to be up and down this morning)

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