Women in U.S. Military Being Sexually Assaulted by U.S. Soldiers

Truthout interview and NOW/PBS tonight
from Sara Swift:

Here is a link to an interview I did last month and please check out PBS tonight as they do a piece on MST.



From TruthOut:

Women in the US Military Assaulted and Raped by Fellow Soldiers
t r u t h o u t | Programming Note

Airdate: Friday, September 7, 2007, at 8:30 p.m. on PBS.
(Check local listings at

Women in the US military assaulted and raped by fellow soldiers - a shocking investigation. This time on NOW.
Roughly one in seven of America's active-duty military soldiers is a woman, but a NOW investigation found that sexual assault and rape are widespread. One study of National Guard and Reserve forces found that almost one in four women had been assaulted or raped. Last year alone, almost 3,000 soldiers reported sexual assault and rape by other soldiers. On Friday, September 7, in one of the only national television broadcasts of the issue, NOW features women who speak out for the first time about what happened. One woman recounts her ordeal of rape by her superior officer. Many more don't report the incidents for fear of how it will affect their careers. The shocking phenomenon has a label: military sexual trauma, or MST. NOW meets women courageously battling to overcome their MST, bringing light to an issue that's putting the Army to shame. A NOW exclusive investigation.

Note: The NOW web site at will offer the latest statistics on MST and insight into the challenges of reporting sexual abuse in the military.

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