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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sexual Assaults in the Military

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said there were 3,191 reports of sexual assault in the military last year, but he said the number of a "very underreported crime" was likely closer to 19,000 incidents.

"Sexual assault has no place in this department," Panetta said. "It is an affront to the basic American values to defend, and it is a stain on the good honor of the great majority of our troops and our families."

"One sexual assault is one too many," he added.

Joyce Stevens wrote a "Women's Right Manifesto" for "National Organization for Women" in 1975....a long time ago. I want to share it with you here. I don't endorse "women loving women" or "abortion" or some of the languages used in her writing, but I do want you to feel the frustration and anger behind and between each line. They are real and still raw 37 years later.