Victims of military rape struggle profoundly

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 3, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    Seeing the one comment, it reminds me of the women in countries in Africa that are tossed around from one military dictatorship or rebellion to another. They too are rejected by their families after being raped by the conquerors. I am sure it is not confined to Africa by the various regimes but happens in other areas that are plagued by that mentality.

  • ignoranceisbliss Salt Lake City, UT
    March 3, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    Obviously, men do not agree with women being in the military or this would not be happening. I have personally come into contact with women who have been sexually assaulted while serving this country and most of them come back and end up rejected by their families and eventually they become homeless because they are unable to hold down jobs or be consistent with anything. It is like they are in a permanent state of shock. These women are unable to get the help they need when they get back because in order to get disability pay you must have a medical history. So, if the abuse was never reported and they return home and try to pick up their lives and can't, there is no money available to them until they can provide at least a year long history of mental illness. Then it can still be one or two years after that before they see any money. It is disgraceful how this country treats veterans who suffer from mental illness. Next time you see a bunch of homeless people keep in mind that those people fought for you and now they need your help.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 2, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    I sat on several administrative boards for this type of conduct in the 1980-90s but supposedly consentual military members of both genders and the same gender where the one in power was in pursuit. Even at that time the military didn't do the things in the court process as they should have. Then a year or two later, the Navy's tailhook debacle happened in Las Vegas and brought discredit on military officers for their conduct with subordinates.

    In the Department of Defense they hire and promote for the males and females with certain qualities.

    This is a sad but continuing story.

  • Oldy Glocks Orem, UT
    March 2, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    Perhaps this information should be required reading for those young women contemplating joining the military.