A few facts from a report at NPR ~
- The Department of Defense (DOD) reports that over 19,000 men and women were sexually assaulted by fellow service members in 2010.
- A 2009 study shows that only 8% of rapes in the military are prosecuted.
- At least 20% of women and 1% of men have experienced sexual trauma while serving – roughly 500,000 troops.
- A 2004 study of veterans being treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) “found that 71% of the women said they were sexually assaulted or raped while serving.”
- A 2009 DOD report showed that 90% of rapes in the military went unreported.
- In 2008 62% of offenders in the military received such light sentences as “suspension, demotion, or a scolding letter for their file”.
- More females died in Iraq of “non-hostiles” than died in combat.
- From the 2009 NPR article:
The military’s retrograde attitude towards rape gets even more sinister. More female troops have died in Iraq of non-hostile causes than have been killed in battle, and several of those deaths have either been labeled suicides or been left unexplained by the military. Four of those women had earlier been raped, and at least sixteen others died in such suspicious circumstances that retired Army Colonel Ann Wright and Congressman Ike Skelton have called for Congress to compel the military to reopen the cases and investigate, so far to no avail.
One of the most shocking of these cases is that of 19-year-old LaVena Johnson, whose dead body was found on her base in Balad, Iraq in July 2005. Her father, who has pictures of her body, said her face was battered; she had been stripped, raped, burned, re-clothed, dragged across the ground bleeding and shot in the head. The Army initiated an investigation, then suddenly closed the case and labeled her death a suicide. Her father and Colonel Wright have been trying to get Congress and the Army to reopen the investigation ever since, but so far the Army has declined to cooperate.
I wonder if that’s “too much rape” for Ms. Trotta. Last I checked one rape of one woman is too many.