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The private war of women soldiers By Helen Benedict (http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/03/07/women_in_military/?source=rss)  Many female soldiers say they are sexually assaulted by their male comrades and can't trust the military to protect them. Anabolic mass online review "The knife wasn't for the Iraqis, anabolic mass online review" says one woman. Anabolic mass online review "It was for the guys on my own side." As thousands of burned-out soldiers prepare to return to Iraq to fill President Bush's unwelcome call for at least 20, anabolic mass online review000 more troops, anabolic mass online review I can't help wondering what the women among those troops will have to face. Anabolic mass online review And I don't mean only the hardships of war, anabolic mass online review the killing of civilians, anabolic mass online review the bombs and mortars, anabolic mass online review the heat and sleeplessness and fear. 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Anabolic mass online review "They call Camp Arifjan 'generator city' because it's so loud with generators that even if a woman screams she can't be heard, anabolic mass online review" said Abbie Pickett, anabolic mass online review 24, anabolic mass online review a specialist with the 229th Combat Support Engineering Company who spent 15 months in Iraq from 2004-05. Anabolic mass online review Yet, anabolic mass online review she points out, anabolic mass online review this is a base, anabolic mass online review where soldiers are supposed to be safe. Anabolic mass online review Spc. Anabolic mass online review Mickiela Montoya, anabolic mass online review 21, anabolic mass online review who was in Iraq with the National Guard in 2005, anabolic mass online review took to carrying a knife with her at all times. Anabolic mass online review "The knife wasn't for the Iraqis, anabolic mass online review" she told me. Anabolic mass online review "It was for the guys on my own side." Comprehensive statistics on the sexual assault of female soldiers in Iraq have not been collected, anabolic mass online review but early numbers revealed a problem so bad that former Defense Secretary Donald H. Anabolic mass online review Rumsfeld ordered a task force in 2004 to investigate. Anabolic mass online review As a result, anabolic mass online review the Defense Department put up a Web site in 2005 designed to clarify that sexual assault is illegal and to help women report it. Anabolic mass online review It also initiated required classes on sexual assault and harassment. Anabolic mass online review The military's definition of sexual assault includes "rape; nonconsensual sodomy; unwanted inappropriate sexual contact or fondling; or attempts to commit these acts." Unfortunately, anabolic mass online review with a greater number of women serving in Iraq than ever before, anabolic mass online review these measures are not keeping women safe. Anabolic mass online review When you add in the high numbers of war-wrecked soldiers being redeployed, anabolic mass online review and the fact that the military is waiving criminal and violent records for more than one in 10 new Army recruits, anabolic mass online review the picture for women looks bleak indeed. Anabolic mass online review Last year, anabolic mass online review Col. Anabolic mass online review Janis Karpinski caused a stir by publicly reporting that in 2003, anabolic mass online review three female soldiers had died of dehydration in Iraq, anabolic mass online review which can get up to 126 degrees in the summer, anabolic mass online review because they refused to drink liquids late in the day. Anabolic mass online review They were afraid of being raped by male soldiers if they walked to the latrines after dark. Anabolic mass online review The Army has called her charges unsubstantiated, anabolic mass online review but Karpinski told me she sticks by them. Anabolic mass online review (Karpinski has been a figure of controversy in the military ever since she was demoted from brigadier general for her role as commander of Abu Ghraib. Anabolic mass online review As the highest-ranking official to lose her job over the torture scandal, anabolic mass online review she claims she was scapegoated, anabolic mass online review and has become an outspoken critic of the military's treatment of women. Anabolic mass online review In turn, anabolic mass online review the Army has accused her of sour grapes.) "I sat right there when the doctor briefing that information said these women had died in their cots, anabolic mass online review" Karpinski told me. Anabolic mass online review "I also heard the deputy commander tell him not to say anything about it because that would bring attention to the problem." The latrines were far away and unlit, anabolic mass online review she explained, anabolic mass online review and male soldiers were jumping women who went to them at night, anabolic mass online review dragging them into the Port-a-Johns, anabolic mass online review and raping or abusing them. Anabolic mass online review "In that heat, anabolic mass online review if you don't hydrate for as many hours as you've been out on duty, anabolic mass online review day after day, anabolic mass online review you can die." She said the deaths were reported as non-hostile fatalities, anabolic mass online review with no further explanation. Anabolic mass online review Not everyone realizes how different the Iraq war is for women than any other American war in history. 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Anabolic mass online review A 2003 survey of female veterans from Vietnam through the first Gulf War found that 30 percent said they were raped in the military. Anabolic mass online review A 2004 study of veterans from Vietnam and all the wars since, anabolic mass online review who were seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder, anabolic mass online review found that 71 percent of the women said they were sexually assaulted or raped while in the military. Anabolic mass online review And in a third study, anabolic mass online review conducted in 1992-93 with female veterans of the Gulf War and earlier wars, anabolic mass online review 90 percent said they had been sexually harassed in the military, anabolic mass online review which means anything from being pressured for sex to being relentlessly teased and stared at. 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Pickett herself was sexually attacked when she was training in Nicaragua before being deployed to Iraq. Anabolic mass online review "I was sexually assaulted by a superior officer when I was 19, anabolic mass online review but I didn't know where to turn, anabolic mass online review so I never reported it, anabolic mass online review" she told me. Anabolic mass online review Jennifer Spranger, anabolic mass online review 23, anabolic mass online review who was deployed at the beginning of the war with the Military Police to build and guard Camp Bucca, anabolic mass online review a prison camp for Iraqis, anabolic mass online review had a similar experience. Anabolic mass online review "My team leader offered me up to $250 for a hand job. Anabolic mass online review He would always make sure that we were out alone together at the beginning, anabolic mass online review and he wouldn't stop pressuring me for sex. 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Anabolic mass online review It defines rape, anabolic mass online review sexual assault and harassment, anabolic mass online review and makes clear that these behaviors are illegal. Anabolic mass online review The site now also explains that a soldier can report a rape anonymously to a special department, anabolic mass online review SAPR (Sexual Assault Prevention and Response), anabolic mass online review without triggering an official investigation -- a procedure called "restricted reporting." And it promises the soldier a victim's advocate and medical care. 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Anabolic mass online review Worse, anabolic mass online review no measures will be taken against the accused assailant unless the victim agrees to stop being anonymous. Anabolic mass online review The DOD insists on the success of its reforms, anabolic mass online review the proof being that the number of reported military sexual assaults rose by 1, anabolic mass online review700 from 2004 to a total of 2, anabolic mass online review374 in 2005. Anabolic mass online review "The success of the SAPR program is in direct correlation with the increased numbers of reported sexual assaults, anabolic mass online review" Cynthia Smith, anabolic mass online review a Defense Department spokeswoman, anabolic mass online review wrote to me in an e-mail. Anabolic mass online review In fact, anabolic mass online review as anyone familiar with sexual assault statistics knows, anabolic mass online review nobody can ever tell whether increases in rape rates are due to more reporting or more rapes. Anabolic mass online review My own interviewees and advocates on behalf of women veterans say these reforms are not working. Anabolic mass online review They say there is a huge gap between what the military promises to do on its Web site and what it does in practice, anabolic mass online review and that the traditional view that reporting an assault betrays your fellow soldiers still prevails. Anabolic mass online review "Are soldiers who report sexual assaults in the military still seen as betraying their comrades?" I asked Smith. Anabolic mass online review "Our soldiers are being fully trained that sexual assault is the most under-reported crime, anabolic mass online review" she wrote in reply. Anabolic mass online review "In that training, anabolic mass online review not reporting a sexual assault is the betrayal to their comrades." 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Anabolic mass online review Many are too emotionally numb to relate to their families or children. Anabolic mass online review But those who have been sexually assaulted also lose their self-respect, anabolic mass online review feel they have lost control over their lives, anabolic mass online review and are particularly prone to self-destruction. Anabolic mass online review I have yet to meet an Iraq war veteran of either sex who does not suffer from some form of post-traumatic stress disorder, anabolic mass online review but officially the number of Iraq veterans with PTSD is estimated to be about 30 percent for those newly back from war, anabolic mass online review according to a 2004 study of combat veterans in the New England Journal of Medicine. Anabolic mass online review The extent and severity of PTSD in women who have had to cope with both combat and sexual assault in Iraq is still being studied, anabolic mass online review but as it is known that these are two of the highest predictors of PTSD, anabolic mass online review it is logical to assume that the combination is pretty bad. Anabolic mass online review "When you are sexually assaulted by people who are your comrades, anabolic mass online review PTSD can be worse than in other circumstances, anabolic mass online review" said Paula Shnurr, anabolic mass online review a research professor of psychiatry who conducted a new Veterans Administration study of therapy for women veterans with PTSD, anabolic mass online review published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 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