New Act Could Fix the Military’s Fatally Flawed Handling of Sexual Assault

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One of the most pernicious aspects of rape in the military is the prevailing culture of blaming the victim. Victims are treated as whiners, liars, seducers, and traitors–as everything a soldier should never be. They are mocked, ostracized and even punished for trying to seek justice. As a result, fewer than 20 percent of military […]

This Veterans Day, Honor the Sexually Assaulted Service Members Who Have Been Silenced

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Every year, thousands of service men and women are sexually assaulted, and the vast majority does not report it. Victims fear reprisals and retaliation and suspect that their confidentiality will be violated. This Veterans Day, it is important to shed light on these individuals silenced for fear not of the enemy but of their fellow […]

Military Men Speak Out About the End of DADT

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As of September 20, if you’re in the U.S. military and an officer asks if you’re lesbian or gay, you can say, “Yep, I am.” And the next day, you’ll still be an honorable member of the service. Hell, you can say, “I’m here, I’m queer, get used to it!” (But I wouldn’t recommend it.) […]

Veterans Affairs Office Decides To Trust Women About PTSD

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A woman in the military is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. One in 5 women who seek veterans’ health care say they experienced sexual trauma during their service. We’ve known these shocking statistics for years now. Less discussed is the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) afflicting many […]

Honoring Real Heroes on Memorial Day

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If you want to honor soldiers and their families this Memorial Day, watch The Tillman Story. I caught it the other night “on demand” from my cable TV system. It’s mesmerizing, horrifying and, in some ways, inspiring. You probably already know the outlines of the much-reported story: Professional football player Pat Tillman decided to chuck the […]

Newsflash: Military Sex Assault Bill To Be Reintroduced

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Sexual assault in the military has reached near epidemic proportions, as Rep. Niki Tsonga (D-MA) reported at a meeting of the House Armed Services Committee in February: In 2010, there were 3,230 reported sexual assaults in the military. But by the Pentagon’s own estimate, as few as 10 percent of sexual assaults are reported. The […]

Click! Rape Should Not Be a Requirement to Serve

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I grew up oblivious to gender inequality. As a child of the ’80s/’90s I never felt gender prevented me from doing what I wanted to do. I grew up playing sports, doing things that may have been traditionally “for boys,” and being told that any career option was open to me.  I eventually chose to […]

1 in 5 Women in the Air Force Report Being Sexually Assaulted

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The Christian Science Monitor broke news today that a not-yet-released Air Force survey found that 1 in 5 women say they have been sexually assaulted since joining the force. The survey, conducted by Gallup, interviewed 18,834 men and women in the Air Force between July and August 2010. Nineteen percent of women reported having been […]

The Brave Black Women Who Were Civil War Spies

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From the field and slave cabin to the Confederate White House, black women took an active role in assisting the Union military in winning the Civil War. Contemporaries recognized their service, and on the occasion of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the start of the war (April 12) and the close of Black History Month […]

On “Army Wives,” War Isn’t Hellish Enough

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Lifetime has started showing reruns of Army Wives Season 4, and despite myself I’m sucked in again. I shouldn’t be surprised; I never watch smart TV. While my friends are discussing Lost and Mad Men, I am flipping back and forth between Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel. It’s a consequence of doing abuse prevention and […]