Mental Toll of War Hitting Female Servicemembers

After serving in Iraq, Master Sgt. Cindy Rathbun checked herself into a residential treatment center in California for female servicemembers suffering the mental wounds of war. For some, combat trauma is complicated and intensified by rape or other sexual abuse, often by comrades they’ve trained and fought beside. Like Rathbun, many say they were preyed upon by men higher in the chain of command, crimes military women call “rape by rank.”