This video from the USA says about itself:
“Suzanne Swift is a veteran of the Iraq war who is now held in custody at Fort Lewis, Washington. Suzanne had completed a tour of duty in Iraq, where she was sexually harassed and assaulted at the hands of three of her commanding officers continuing over the course of her entire deployment. Her efforts to report her treatment were met with disrespect and dismissed. Finally, Suzanne suffered a breakdown due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and went absent without leave. She was apprehended in Eugene, OR in June, 2006 and instead of seeing her rapists investigated, Suzanne herself is facing court martial and prison time.”
“It has now been 74 days since Suzanne was taken in handcuffs to jail and we are still working hard everyday to get her the honorable discharge she deserves. Suzanne has to be one the bravest people I know.” Sara Rich, Suzanne’s mom. Col. Ann Wright US Army, retired Sharon Kufeldt National Vice-President Veterans For Peace Ellen Barfield National Vice-President Veterans For Peace April Fitzsimmons USAF Intel. Analyst, 85-89 Kelly Dougherty Founding Member of Iraq Veterans Against the War Sara Rich Mother of Suzanne Swift
From Agence France-Presse:
15% of female veterans had sexual trauma
First Posted 10:10:00 10/29/2008
WASHINGTON — Nearly 15 percent of female US veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experienced sexual trauma during their military service, the Department of Veterans Affairs said in a study Tuesday.
The study, based on data from 100,000 veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom who used VA health care, found that more than one in seven women reported having experienced “military sexual trauma.”
The study, covering a six-year period, also found that 0.7 percent of men returning from duty reported military sexual trauma.
Individuals, both female and male, who experienced sexual trauma in the service had a greater probability of being diagnosed with a mental illness upon return than those who did not report such trauma, researchers found.
Raped in the Military? You’ll Have to Pay for Your Own Forensic Exam Kit: here.
- Female Veterans Are Fastest Growing Segment of Homeless Population (colorlines.com)
- Taking Note: Veterans, Sexual Trauma and PTSD (takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com)
- What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anyway? (hollykaufman.com)
- Homeless Female Veterans: All Too Often, a ‘Double Betrayal of Trust’ (themoderatevoice.com)
- National Review Columnist Says Female Vet Rape Survivors Who Have PTSD Are Actually Just Sluts (jezebel.com)
- Bay Pines VA program tackles military sex cases (tbo.com)