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    Posted: 01 April 2008 at 2:13pm
I'm not shocked easily but even this is beyond my understanding. The 41% & 29% are brutal.

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In today ’s LA Times, Rep. Jane Harman sheds light on the staggering number of sexual assaults within the military, stating, “Women serving in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq."


Rapists in the Ranks
Sexual assaults are frequent, and frequently ignored, in the armed services.

By Jane Harman (note: she's a seven-term Democratic member of House of Representatives, 36th Dist., California, "chairs the House Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence.")

March 31, 2008

The stories are shocking in their simplicity and brutality: A female military recruit is pinned down at knifepoint and raped repeatedly in her own barracks. Her attackers hid their faces but she identified them by their uniforms; they were her fellow soldiers. During a routine gynecological exam, a female soldier is attacked and raped by her military physician. Yet another young soldier, still adapting to life in a war zone, is raped by her commanding officer. Afraid for her standing in her unit, she feels she has nowhere to turn.

These are true stories, and, sadly, not isolated incidents. Women serving in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq.

The scope of the problem was brought into acute focus for me during a visit to the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center, where I met with female veterans and their doctors. My jaw dropped when the doctors told me that 41% of female veterans seen at the clinic say they were victims of sexual assault while in the military, and 29% report being raped during their military service.

For more ==> http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-harman31mar31,0,5399612.story




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Unbelievable.  Please note that this the LA Times, not Al Jazeera.  The question that comes to mind for me is: if this what they do to their own female soldiers, what the hell are they doing to the 'enemy' women?
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I'm not shocked.  As far as current headlines go, I'm more shocked to see the Detroit Pistons unseat Shaq and the Suns...
 
I mean, these are precisely the sort of statistics that the ongoing debate on women in the military has long forecasted.  I'm not saying it's acceptable behavior, but it is nonetheless normal behavior.
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I'm not surprised, actually.  It seems likely that many people who enlist into the military (especially the american military) must have a few screws loose, to say the least.
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Originally posted by scruggnut

I'm not surprised, actually.  It seems likely that many people who enlist into the military (especially the american military) must have a few screws loose, to say the least.


Why does it seem likely?
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I guess that i'm coming from a place where i wouldn't hurt anyone unless they hurt me, but in doing so, i would know full well why i'm doing it.
Within the military, one can go somewhere to fight someone that they don't even have a clear idea as to why they are fighting, but they only know that their commander in chief told them to.
Also, it's my belief that many people who enter a thing such as the military, do so because of the power they would wield and that type of thing suggests an unchecked ego.


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Originally posted by bayleaf

I'm not shocked.  As far as current headlines go, I'm more shocked to see the Detroit Pistons unseat Shaq and the Suns...
 
I mean, these are precisely the sort of statistics that the ongoing debate on women in the military has long forecasted.  I'm not saying it's acceptable behavior, but it is nonetheless normal behavior.


ditto.
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I haven't found any good news reports about it but it sure seems like there are a lot of wives of soldiers who end up getting beaten, and even murdered, when their husbands come home. A lot of murder-suicides. Most of the ones we seem to hear about here are from the military bases (which aren't too far from where I live.)
 
About women soldiers being raped... it's almost certainly higher than it seems, since they probably risk being ostracized if they report it, more so than the men who are responsible.
 
My brother-in-law was in the Marines, and spent 6 months (pre-9/11) on an aircraft carrier, and I got the impression from him that women on the boat aren't respected at all. He also said some of them even prostitute themselves to other soldiers for cash.
 
The whole system is soooooooo messed up, so wrong.
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It's hard to believe I live in a time when women soldiers getting regularly raped by their own is considered normal.

I've got to give Mrs. Jane H. the credit/courage for writing this report, can't be easy in an election year. But damn, this is disturbing, purely barbaric.

There is no way in hell good can come from these kind of people, those that do it (and those that don't do anything about it).

Bloody hell, what kind of army do we have now!


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What do you care, you hate the military anyways....
The Messenger warned: ‘Do you know that the communities preceding you went astray because they wrote down from others beside the Book of God.’
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Hey Eli'jah ...long time
But don`t you see?that i am truely free? this piece of scarf on me;i wear so proudly to preserve my dignity,modesty & integrity....why can`t i just be me??? "i am the one who is free!!!!

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Aren't those so called soldiers trained to fight? how come they can't defend themselves from being raped?
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Originally posted by Islamway

Aren't those so called soldiers trained to fight? how come they can't defend themselves from being raped?

Good question lol
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not here, next page

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