Rape in the US Military
Women have filed a class action lawsuit to force the Pentagon to change how it handles the rape of women serving their country. The class action involved 15 women and two men who describe how they had been raped while in the military. The defendants are Defense secretary Robert Gates and former, Donald Rumsfeld. The lawsuit claims verbal abuse, gang rapes are frequent in the US military and are handled lightly.
In one section, the suit describes how a woman was raped by two male co-workers she served with and was videotaped has she was held down and raped. After being raped, the men then passed the video around to others in the unit for entertainment. She filed a complaint with the unit commander who did nothing because, "she did not act like a rape victim and did not struggle enough". The victim had bruises all over her arms. Once a victim reports a rape, the unit makes life even more tough with verbal abuse and many victims are discharged. Another woman was raped on a hike while in the Coast Guard and when she reported it, nothing was done and she was forced to live on the same floor as the rapist who called her a "whore" and "liar". In some cases, the rapist receives nothing more than a cut in rank and being forced to stay on the base for a month and the victim was discharged for having a history of inappropriate relationships!
I guess rape in the military is not a crime.
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