Commanders shouldn’t be the arbiters of justice in military sexual assault cases.
issue: Women in the Military
Author Jenna McLaughlan writes for Mother Jones: “”In the military, your rapists’ boss decides whether or not a sexual-assault allegation is investigated,” Christensen says. “This puts commanders in an impossible position.””
The Pentagon released chilling data this week that concludes there were an estimated 26,000 cases of sexual assault in the military last year, up from 19,000 in 2010. But only a small fraction of those assaults were reported — 3,374 in 2012 compared with 3,192 in 2011.
The National Organization for Women congratulates Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth for her victory in the Democratic primary for Illinois’s 8th Congressional District. Duckworth won by a large margin, and will go on to face incumbent Republican Congress member Joe Walsh in November.
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