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The Pentagon's Shameful Record On Rape

"Women serving in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq."
 
 
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As long-time readers know, I am a rape survivor. It isn't something I talk about often because, frankly, reliving a terrifying and brutal moment of my life isn't exactly high on my list of favorite things. But sometimes, news comes up that brings those memories crashing back.

I cannot stop thinking about LaVena Johnson.

Last Thursday, the House Committee on Government Oversight And Reform held hearings on sexual assault in the military. Rep. Jane Harman detailed some horrific statistics (PDF):

Christy Hardin Smith is a former attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review.