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Book tells of female U.S. soldiers raped by comrades
Reuters ^ | April 16, 2009 | Christine Kearney

Posted on 04/18/2009 8:16:48 AM PDT by Zakeet

Female U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have more to fear than roadside bombs or enemy ambushes. They also are at risk of being raped or sexually assaulted by fellow soldiers.

"The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq," a book based on 40 in-depth interviews, recounts the stories of female veterans who served in combat zones and tells of rape, sexual assault and harassment by male counterparts.

Some were warned by officers not to go to the latrine by themselves. One began carrying a knife in case she was attacked by comrades. Others said they felt discouraged to report assaults.

"The horror of it is that it is their own side that is doing this to them," said the book's author, Helen Benedict, a journalism professor at Columbia University in New York. The book was released in the United States on Wednesday.

One in 10 U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are female, and more women have fought and died in the Iraq war than any since World War Two, according to U.S. Department of Defense statistics cited in the book.

Benedict said the book's title comes from the isolation female U.S. soldiers experience when combining the trauma of their combat duties with sexual harassment by fellow soldiers.

"Because women are under so much more danger now and actually in the battle, it's a particularly tragic situation because all soldiers are supposed to be able to rely on one another to watch their backs," Benedict said.

"And how can you feel that way if your fellow soldiers are harassing you all day or trying to rape you or actually even raping you?"

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


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A 2003 survey of more than 550 female veterans who served in wars from Vietnam to the first Gulf war found that 30 percent said they suffered from rape or attempted rape and 79 percent reported being sexually harassed, according to the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

The author of this book is a journalism prof at Columbia University.

1 posted on 04/18/2009 8:16:48 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

And this is why you don’t have female soldiers.


2 posted on 04/18/2009 8:19:29 AM PDT by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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To: Zakeet
I Call Bull SH**

another winter soldier hack

3 posted on 04/18/2009 8:20:23 AM PDT by Charlespg
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To: Zakeet

Helen Benedict is a race baiter and man-hater.

Go to her website and read some of her essays:

http://www.helenbenedict.com/index.htm


4 posted on 04/18/2009 8:21:43 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Charlespg
I Call Bull SH**

I concur with your opinion

5 posted on 04/18/2009 8:22:11 AM PDT by tomkat (grow your ohms)
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To: Zakeet

Sorry. I find this very hard to believe.


6 posted on 04/18/2009 8:22:48 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Crazieman; Zakeet

You said, Crazieman — And this is why you don’t have female soldiers.

Or, at least *shouldn’t* have female soldiers. I think it’s probably okay for “other than combat” situations, but in combat situations, it seems that because of the intense associated danger that sexual assaults increase in that kind of environment.


7 posted on 04/18/2009 8:23:27 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Zakeet
The author of this book is a journalism prof at Columbia University.

..and the stats for rape at Columbia University?..amongst your brainwashed students?

8 posted on 04/18/2009 8:25:41 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Zakeet
"Because women are under so much more danger now and actually in the battle, it's a particularly tragic situation because all soldiers are supposed to be able to rely on one another to watch their backs," Benedict said.

Exactly - and a decent man is going to be spending more time helping the females or protecting them and not doing his job effectively.

Rape is never to be defended, but I think the term harassment is too broad and is being abused in this situation. Do we count in the females flirting to get what they want? Did they harass the male soldier?

9 posted on 04/18/2009 8:25:46 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (He bows to the Saudi King - we don't have Camelot, we have Camel Lot)
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To: Zakeet
Is there actual legal/medical evidence to support these claims? If so, prove the claims and bring the perps to justice. Name names. Unless, of course one would rather make a lot of money on a book instead.
10 posted on 04/18/2009 8:26:24 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: Star Traveler

That’s ok, bill maher just made a joke about our soldiers and rape so it’s no big deal, what’s the left going to do about it.


11 posted on 04/18/2009 8:26:44 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Crazieman

and this is why you SHOULDN’T have female soldiers.

What woman in her right mind would put herself into a situtaion where there is 9 guys for every girl?

Women: Think of ANY 9 random guys you know- what percentage of them would you trust yourself to be alone with for a year or so?


12 posted on 04/18/2009 8:26:45 AM PDT by Mr. K (physically unable to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: Zakeet
This quote from one of her essays tells you a lot:

I teach in a prominent journalism school and recently I committed heresy: I published a novel. It was about a Dominican-American teenage mother and was written in the voice of the girl herself.

Immediately, my students wanted to know why I had treated this subject as fiction. Why didn't I just go out and write about a real teenage mother, the way they would? Why did I have to let them down, the suggestion seemed to be, by making things up?

Then I shocked them even further. I told them that I had chosen fiction because I believed it could get me nearer to the truth.

13 posted on 04/18/2009 8:27:07 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Star Traveler

Would’nt “combat” by nature mean you are too busy fighting for sexual issues?


14 posted on 04/18/2009 8:27:11 AM PDT by edcoil (Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner Liberty is a well-armed lamb)
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To: trisham

You said — Sorry. I find this very hard to believe.

You should. When you break down primal societal inhibitions, in order to make good soldiers and to survive in high danger areas where your life is at stake every second of the day, other primal societal inhibitions go by the wayside, too, in *those particular environments*...


15 posted on 04/18/2009 8:27:38 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Crazieman
And this is ONE OF THE MANY REASONS why you don’t have female soldiers.
16 posted on 04/18/2009 8:27:54 AM PDT by clamper1797 (FUBO ... protege of the unholy union of Karl Marx and affirmative action)
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To: Star Traveler
Or, at least *shouldn’t* have female soldiers. I think it’s probably okay for “other than combat” situations, but in combat situations, it seems that because of the intense associated danger that sexual assaults increase in that kind of environment.

*******************

You accept that our military men would behave as the author claims?

I don't.

17 posted on 04/18/2009 8:28:32 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Zakeet

A “Reuters” byline is just about as believable as those from the NY Time and LA Times.

Quite simply, I do not believe them.

Period.


18 posted on 04/18/2009 8:28:42 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: edcoil

You said — Would’nt “combat” by nature mean you are too busy fighting for sexual issues?

I take it that you’re joking, of course... if you don’t know or realize how it can be, I guess I don’t want to try and educate you... sorry... LOL...


19 posted on 04/18/2009 8:28:58 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Zakeet

Daughter of a friend served on a Navy ship when 911 attack was made. She made similar claims of harassment, complained all the time, and somehow managed to get out of the Navy before her assignment was up.

Now she admits she made a huge mistake, wishes she were back in that wonderful Navy again. Guess her claims of harassment were exaggerated.

Some young women consider it harassment if a fellow says, “Hi Honey.”


20 posted on 04/18/2009 8:29:14 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: trisham

Not hard to believe.

They’re now taking gang members and those with criminal records into the military.


21 posted on 04/18/2009 8:30:57 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Zakeet

This is probably going to get flamed, because I don’t know the situation and how many men there were...

But if she can’t fight off a fellow soldier, why is she in the military to fight enemy combatants?

I know a lady who is a warden in a federal prison who is 4’11”. She has kicked prison men’s butt! There are ways to bring someone down, regardless of their size.

Anyway, as I said, I don’t know the situation, but that’s my first thought.


22 posted on 04/18/2009 8:31:34 AM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: Crazieman
And this is why you don’t have female soldiers.

Ah I see. Rape is OK and the solution is to do away with the victims.

23 posted on 04/18/2009 8:31:57 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Mr. K
What woman in her right mind would put herself into a situtaion where there is 9 guys for every girl?

Women: Think of ANY 9 random guys you know- what percentage of them would you trust yourself to be alone with for a year or so?

********************

Are you kidding? There *may* be as many rapes in the military as there are outside the military. But more? More than on a college campus? I seriously doubt it.

24 posted on 04/18/2009 8:32:34 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

You said — You accept that our military men would behave as the author claims?

Well, let’s analyze that statement... are you talking about *all* military men or *some*? I’m supposing that you’re indicating *some* — but you don’t make that clear.

I don’t believe the author is indicating *all* but only *some* and that these conditions (combat) make for it to happen...

So, going on the basis that you’re saying *some* — I’ll simply say that it may be that all you’re disputing is “how many” the *some* is — more than anything else — and you’re not really disputing that it *does happen*.

On the other hand, if you’re disputing that it *does happen* at all, then all I would do is go to the military records and show the various rapes that military men are *already* convicted of.

I guess it really depends on what you’re saying, and I haven’t figured that out yet...


25 posted on 04/18/2009 8:33:36 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Zakeet

Comrades huh?


26 posted on 04/18/2009 8:33:42 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Zakeet

I’d like to see the results of a similar survey done by the military. It would also be biased, of course, but in the other direction, so we’d likely get a better picture of the scope of the problem by putting the two together. I’m sure that a lot men capable of this sort of thing are getting into the military these days, but then so are some of the Lynndie England types of women.


27 posted on 04/18/2009 8:33:43 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Zakeet

What a crock of Leftist hatemongering anti-military steaming crap. (Retired after 28 years in the Navy).


28 posted on 04/18/2009 8:33:57 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: Star Traveler
Baloney. I've known plenty of military men. They are usually better behaved than many of the civilians I've known.
29 posted on 04/18/2009 8:34:33 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Zakeet

Unless they are in an audience to see Barack Obama, almost every woman in uniform in Iraq has been armed to the teeth even in PT clothes.

Of course I’m willing to bet this author would have no problem with Gays in the military....


30 posted on 04/18/2009 8:35:11 AM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: Star Traveler
Perhaps you might reread my posts, then.
31 posted on 04/18/2009 8:35:57 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

So, you’ve known some good ones then. It only takes one bad one to change your mind, though... or to make you aware that there *are* those who will do that... (but perhaps you already know that and pick carefully who you associate with...)...

And, there’s nothing wrong with “self-selecting” the “right ones” to know... not at all...


32 posted on 04/18/2009 8:36:27 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: trisham

You said — Perhaps you might reread my posts, then.

I reread it and I can’t distinguish what I was saying...


33 posted on 04/18/2009 8:37:44 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: usmcobra
Of course I’m willing to bet this author would have no problem with Gays in the military....

That was the whole point of the article in the first place, to attempt to weaken the argument against having gays in the military.

34 posted on 04/18/2009 8:38:17 AM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Zakeet
found that 30 percent said they suffered from rape or attempted rape

I wonder what percent were actually raped, which is a crime under the UCMJ. These figures are bogus.

35 posted on 04/18/2009 8:38:25 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Crazieman

>>And this is why you don’t have female soldiers.<<

What are you implying about American service men?


36 posted on 04/18/2009 8:39:18 AM PDT by gondramB
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To: Non-Sequitur

You are aptly self-named: Non-Sequitir.


37 posted on 04/18/2009 8:39:20 AM PDT by supremedoctrine ("No symbols where none intended"--Beckett)
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To: trisham

You said — Baloney. I’ve known plenty of military men. They are usually better behaved than many of the civilians I’ve known.

I take it that you’ve not met them all, and thus, you are going by a “self-selecting” segment, which most would choose in order to be “safe” with, being that they are recognize as such, by you and your observations. I have no doubt that this is true — exactly what you say — but not necessarily true for the entire group...


38 posted on 04/18/2009 8:39:48 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Zakeet

Betcha this don’t make Nbr 1 best seller on Amazon.

What a load.


39 posted on 04/18/2009 8:40:15 AM PDT by Radix (How will the "Country" of Texas deal with immigration from northeast states?)
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To: Star Traveler
I think it’s probably okay for “other than combat” situations, but in combat situations, it seems that because of the intense associated danger that sexual assaults increase in that kind of environment.

And I suppose the same could be said of females in those situations. Maybe some are a little more inclined to see sexual harassment towards them where none was intended?

40 posted on 04/18/2009 8:40:53 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: Zakeet
just another attempt to criminalize the military,any which way they can..they will.....REMEMBER THEY WON.
Over the last week we have seen an influx of military bashing.....what they didn't count on was three dead pirates.
It's not going to stop....REMEMBER THEY WON
41 posted on 04/18/2009 8:42:06 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Zakeet

It must be all those military right wing extremists doing the raping. /s/


42 posted on 04/18/2009 8:42:11 AM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: jennyjenny

You said — And I suppose the same could be said of females in those situations. Maybe some are a little more inclined to see sexual harassment towards them where none was intended?

Perhaps true, too. It does seem to be the case that being in very intense and life-threatening danger *heightens* the senses all the way around and also makes one very “intense” in those situations, and “coming down” off of that can produce all sorts of strange behavior...


43 posted on 04/18/2009 8:44:06 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Non-Sequitur
Ah I see. Rape is OK and the solution is to do away with the victims.

It doesn't let the rapist off the hook, rape is wrong.

Is it smart for a young pretty woman to wear provacative clothes and walk for a year through the darkest alleys in town at night? Odds are she will be raped within that year. It doesn't make it right, but the woman is not thinking either. She has to know there are some scum men out there waiting for her. She could have prevented the rape by simply not going for the alley walk.

44 posted on 04/18/2009 8:45:13 AM PDT by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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To: Zakeet

The money quote, from the author’s own Internet posts, provided above in this thread by Erik Latranyi, says it all:

“I told them that I had chosen fiction because I believed it could get me nearer to the truth.”

No wonder she’s a professor of “journalism” and no wonder “journalism” is in the low state that it is.


45 posted on 04/18/2009 8:45:52 AM PDT by Wuli (t)
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To: ladyjane

“They’re now taking gang members and those with criminal records into the military”

And on what are you basing that?


46 posted on 04/18/2009 8:48:12 AM PDT by Jackson57
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To: Star Traveler

May I ask what you know of real military life? Anything?


47 posted on 04/18/2009 8:50:18 AM PDT by DeLaine (Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. (MLK))
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To: Erik Latranyi

The argument that fiction gets closer to the truth than reality is older than the proverbial hills. Mark Twain, I believe, said much the same thing as your bolded quote. I would make too much of the quote as an indictment of Professor Benedict.


48 posted on 04/18/2009 8:50:35 AM PDT by bagman
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To: dfwgator

As if Gay men don’t rape.....


49 posted on 04/18/2009 8:52:00 AM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: DeLaine

Very close relatives and immediate family members in the military, and believe me, things happen that you don’t read *ever* about in the papers, and this is *direct* from the people involved...


50 posted on 04/18/2009 8:52:34 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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