Federal Lawsuit Says US Military Turns Blind Eye To Rape

Kori Cioca, in her lawyer’s office on Sunday, described being raped while serving in the Coast Guard. She is one of 17 plaintiffs filing a federal lawsuit against the Department of Defense. Cliff Ower/Associated PressRedTracker| A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday Feb. 14 accuses the American military of maintaining a military culture that implicitly fails to prevent rape and sexual assault and maintains zero institutional accountability by mishandling rape cases brought to its attention.

The suit — filed by 2 men and 15 women, both veterans and active-duty service members — claims that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and former secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld ““ran institutions in which perpetrators were promoted and where military personnel openly mocked and flouted the modest Congressionally mandated institutional reforms.”

The plaintiffs’ stories in the complaint include accounts of a soldier stripping naked and dancing on a table during a break in a class on preventing sexual assault, physical and verbal harassment, and the rape of a woman by two men who videotaped the assault and circulated it to the woman’s colleagues. via NYTimes