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Resource ID: #26008
Subject: Sexual Harassment
Source: NBC News
Date: 2012-09-27



“Dishonor” shines a light on the shocking problem of rape in the U.S. military. A female soldier in a combat zone is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. In 2010 the Pentagon estimated 19,000 service members were sexually assaulted. Of these assaults only a tiny fraction were prosecuted. Natalie Morales investigates what happened to Marine officer Claire Russo. She was brutally sodomized by a fellow marine but the Marines dropped the investigation early on. A vigilant NCIS agent assigned to her case wouldn't allow justice to die in the military so he took it to the D.A. in California, and her rapist pleaded guilty. Russo says the way the military treated her rape is typical, and her case is only unique in that she got justice. Morales spoke to a group of former service members from each branch of the military who had similar stories of sexual assault and retaliation by the military for reporting their rapes. Morales asks Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta: "are rapists getting away with rape?" In a response to all of the victims of sexual assault Panetta apologizes and vows that the military will do better.

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