In Monday's "Vester's Voice", I told you about the case of Lt. Tara Burkhart. The Senate Armed Services Committee is now on this case as well – click here for details. I had planned to interview Lt. Burkhart's parents Tuesday, but breaking news forced us to postpone it until Wednesday.
For now, I'll tell you that I'm hearing reports of many more military women being sexually assaulted in Iraq, Kuwait and Bahrain. I'm still trying to determine whether that's true. But what I'm hearing is that in every reported case where the woman could identify the alleged rapist, the attacker was a fellow member of the military.
I'm also hearing that it's particularly bad at Camp Udari in Kuwait, where military women are so afraid of being attacked by comrades that they've developed a buddy system for protecting each other when going to the latrine at night.
If this is all true, the perpetrators are not only victimizing women, they're betraying fellow soldiers -- and betraying all the good things our military stands for.
I know that a lot of you who read this blog are current/former military, or have loved ones who are serving. If you have information that you would like to share with me (confidentially, of course) -- please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org