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May 17, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Military sex abuse

Congress must work to end abuse

Government officials must take serious immediate action to end sexual abuse within the military culture [“Editorial: Take steps to stop military sex abuse,” Opinion, May 11].

A friend of mine was training to be a marine and was the only woman in her unit of trainees. She once told me about an incident that happened between her and her immediate supervisor. Not only was she scared to speak up for herself, since her supervisor had threatened her, but she could not tell anyone about the incident because there was no one to tell.

I am sure her crime went unreported just as the majority of crimes do. I was scared for her. That the attacks would get worse, and they did.

After a long period of time, the severity of sexual abuse had taken its toll. She was different when she came home. She was timid, shy, and extremely jumpy and nervous around men.

Women are risking their lives, just as men are, to protect their country, and in return, women are mistreated and brutalized by sexual attacks.

Congress and military leaders must stop ignoring complaints and end this pandemic of sexual abuse in the military culture because the abuse causes everlasting damage among citizens.

Alice España, Seattle

Comments | Topics: military, rape, sex abuse

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