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UPDATED: Women soldiers have died of dehydration to avoid late night trips to toilet [VIDEO]

They face rape, assault at hands of fellow soldiers...
 
 
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Women soldiers face more than just the "typical" horrors of war, they have to contend with harassment, assault, and sometimes rape -- from those in uniform. The military, many say, is unhelpful when women attempt to report their experiences.

In the Democracy Now! clips to the right, Columbia U Prof Helen Benedict discusses her work with the increasing numbers of women in the military and the astonishingly high rate of assault and harassment, Eli Painted Crow, a 22-year vet talks about her time in Iraq and, in one of the more disturbing parts, Janis Karpinski reveals that General Sanchez ordered that dehydration deaths of frightened female soldiers were not to be labeled as such...

The whole transcript is HERE.

*To read about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Pfc. LaVena Johnson, go HERE

Evan Derkacz is an AlterNet editor. He writes and edits PEEK, the blog of blogs.

 
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