March 13, 2013

Confronting military rape culture

Is the US military ignoring its own epidemic of sexual violence?
US Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division salute during a re-enlistment ceremony. EPA/MARIO TAMA / POOL

On Wednesday, March 13, at 19:30 GMT:

The US Department of Defense estimates that each year 19,000 servicemen and women are sexually assaulted by members of their own military, yet few cases are ever prosecuted. What should be done to end what's been described as a culture of cover-up, retaliation and indifference towards rape in the military? Join the conversation at 1930GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Brian Lewis @skbrianlewis
Advocacy Board Member, Protect Our Defenders

Rachel Natelson @servicewomen
Legal Director, Service Women's Action Network

Jennifer Norris @MSTJustice
Advocate, Military Rape Crisis Center

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
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