Did Pentagon Turn a Blind Eye to Rape VIctims?

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Did Pentagon Turn a Blind Eye to Rape VIctims?
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Tue, 02-15-2011 - 3:31pm

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41598622/ns/us_news-life/

Lawsuit claims Pentagon turned blind eye to military rape victims 'I felt completely isolated and alone and really scared. Here I was, in the middle of a foreign country in the middle of a war,' plaintiff in lawsuit tells NBC News

 

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Registered: 11-13-2009
"It's sad in a way that you have to file a lawsuit to get their attention."

Absolutely.


 

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Registered: 03-10-2010

That's how I feel as well.

 

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Registered: 03-03-2009

This is not new.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 06-02-2009
My heart goes out to these ladies and I truly hope this is a wake-up call for the military
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Registered: 06-02-2009

Sure seems like that doesn't it

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Registered: 11-13-2009
jabberwocka wrote:

This is not new.

 

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Registered: 03-03-2009

Sexual harassment is nothing particularly new for the armed forces. I was one of the first female ROTC cadets to receive a scholarship back in the mid-70's. Some of the comments I got during ROTC classes and drills were sexually charged, though nobody went so far as to ACT on those comments.

When there was talk about DADT being repealed, I tried to point out that awareness exercises and sensitivity training had NOT succeeded in keeping female military members safe--and didn't think it would be any different for homosexuals.

I still don't think that civilians fully understand military culture in their zest to use the armed forces for social experimentation. Does that mean I don't think women or homosexuals should not serve? It does NOT.

But the military changes slowly, when it changes at all.

Jabberwocka

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Why is that, do you think? I mean, is it that young men go into it with the preconception that it is a "boy's club" and they can do things they otherwise wouldn't? Or is it encouraged by senior staff? What makes it so resistant to change int his particular area?

 

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The military is made up of all sorts of people, from all sorts of backgrounds.

Jabberwocka

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