Veterans Testify Before U.S. Senate Panel Investigating Sexual Violence in the Military

by Colonel on March 13, 2013

“The three former service members, the first military sexual assault victims to testify before a Senate panel, described a pervasive culture of harassment and danger. …

One spoke of a rape she endured during her first months of service, and another told of a sergeant who stripped naked and danced on a table during an official sexual harassment training session. After spending a year repeatedly harassed, Rebekah Havrilla, a former Army sergeant deployed to Afghanistan from 2006 to 2007, was raped by a superior a week before returning home.

The hearing, the first the Senate has held in nearly a decade on sexual assault in the military, reflects the increasing attention to the issue because of revelations about pervasive sexual harassment at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and throughout the military.

The Pentagon estimates that roughly 19,000 service members are assaulted annually.

” — Jennifer Steinhauer, Copyright 2013 The New York Times Company

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