The Lonely Soldier

Abby Zimet
Female US soldier (file picture)
The numbers are horrific. In "The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq," her new book about the sexual violence confronting female soldiers in the US military in Iraq, Helen
Benedict finds that 28 of 40 women she interviews have been sexually
harassed, assaulted or raped.
They are, evidently, the norm. Studies show that 30%
of military women are raped
while serving, 71% are sexually assaulted, and 90% are sexually
harassed. For more on Benedict's book and three of her interviews, go here 

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