posted on Nov, 2 2008 @ 12:53 PM
The videos and images from prisons in Iraq showed clearly that events had spiraled totally out of control,and those in charge were (and still are)
giving it a thumbs up.
Now another atrocity,more shame and disgrace has to be added to the list,it cannot be ignored,though the US military and government has tried since
Many female soldiers,who face the hardships and struggles of their fellow male soldiers,have to live in fear of the those who are supposed to be on
their side.When they leave camp they face danger,and when they return that danger doesn't go away,it doubles.
Appalling new evidence reveals that female soldiers serving in Iraq made fatal decisions in their attempts to avoid rape.
In a startling revelation, the former commander of Abu Ghraib prison testified that Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, former senior U.S. military commander in
Iraq, gave orders to cover up the cause of death for some female American soldiers serving in Iraq.
Last week, Col. Janis Karpinski told a panel of judges at the Commission of Inquiry for Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration
in New York that several women had died of dehydration because they refused to drink liquids late in the day. They were afraid of being assaulted or
even raped by male soldiers if they had to use the women's latrine after dark.
The latrine for female soldiers at Camp Victory wasn't located near their barracks, so they had to go outside if they needed to use the bathroom.
"There were no lights near any of their facilities, so women were doubly easy targets in the dark of the night," Karpinski told retired U.S. Army
Col. David Hackworth in a September 2004 interview.
It was there that male soldiers assaulted and raped women soldiers. So the women took matters into their own hands. They didn't drink in the late
afternoon so they wouldn't have to urinate at night. They didn't get raped. But some died of dehydration in the desert heat, Karpinski said.
Female troops serving in the Iraq war are reporting an insidious enemy in their own camps: fellow American soldiers who sexually assault
them.fellow American soldiers who sexually assault them.
At least 37 female service members have sought sexual-trauma counseling and other assistance from civilian rape crisis organizations after returning
from war duty in Iraq, Kuwait and other overseas stations, The Denver Post has learned. The women, ranging from enlisted soldiers to officers, have
reported poor medical treatment, lack of counseling and incomplete criminal investigations by military officials. Some say they were threatened with
punishment after reporting assaults....
Many of the victims are women of high rank. Several are officers. Most were stationed in Kuwait, a common launching point for troops occupying
Among the most disturbing trends, say the victim advocates, is a disregard for the women's safety and medical treatment following an assault. Women
are being left in the same units as their accused attackers and are not receiving sexual-trauma counseling.
The stories are shocking in their simplicity and brutality: A female military recruit is pinned down at knifepoint and raped repeatedly in her own
barracks. Her attackers hid their faces but she identified them by their uniforms; they were her fellow soldiers. During a routine gynecological exam,
a female soldier is attacked and raped by her military physician. Yet another young soldier, still adapting to life in a war zone, is raped by her
commanding officer. Afraid for her standing in her unit, she feels she has nowhere to turn.
These are true stories, and, sadly, not isolated incidents. Women serving in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than
killed by enemy fire in Iraq.
Numbers reported by the Department of Defense show a sickening pattern. In 2006, 2,947 sexual assaults were reported -- 73% more than in 2004. The
DOD's newest report, released this month, indicates that 2,688 reports were made in 2007, but a recent shift from calendar-year reporting to
fiscal-year reporting makes comparisons with data from previous years much more difficult.
I have talked to more than 20 female veterans of the Iraq war in the past few months, interviewing them for up to 10 hours each for a book I am
writing on the topic, and every one of them said the danger of rape by other soldiers is so widely recognized in Iraq that their officers routinely
told them not to go to the latrines or showers without another woman for protection.
The female soldiers who were at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, for example, where U.S. troops go to demobilize, told me they were warned not to go out at
"They call Camp Arifjan 'generator city' because it's so loud with generators that even if a woman screams she can't be heard," said Abbie
Pickett, 24, a specialist with the 229th Combat Support Engineering Company who spent 15 months in Iraq from 2004-05. Yet, she points out, this is a
base, where soldiers are supposed to be safe.
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Spc. Mickiela Montoya, 21, who was in Iraq with the National Guard in 2005, took to carrying a knife with her at all times. "The knife wasn't for
the Iraqis," she told me. "It was for the guys on my own side."
Comprehensive statistics on the sexual assault of female soldiers in Iraq have not been collected, but early numbers revealed a problem so bad that
former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld ordered a task force in 2004 to investigate. As a result, the Defense Department put up a Web site in 2005
designed to clarify that sexual assault is illegal and to help women report it. It also initiated required classes on sexual assault and harassment.
The military's definition of sexual assault includes "rape; nonconsensual sodomy; unwanted inappropriate sexual contact or fondling; or attempts to
commit these acts."
Unfortunately, with a greater number of women serving in Iraq than ever before, these measures are not keeping women safe. When you add in the high
numbers of war-wrecked soldiers being redeployed, and the fact that the military is waiving criminal and violent records for more than one in 10 new
Army recruits, the picture for women looks bleak indeed.
This type of behaviour shows that if these men have such little respect for their fellow soldiers,then the Iraqi 'enemy' stands little chance of
being treated with restraint.
Its also bodes ill for the future.America will not be remembered in most of the world for all the good it has done.Instead,when the US is mentioned
many people will think of things like this and they will shake their head in disgust.
[edit on 2-11-2008 by jakyll]