SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The enormous obstacles and emotional torment that a female solider confronts in reporting a sexual assault in the military are the focus of the three-part Web series "Lauren" debuting Monday on YouTube's new channel WIGS, which focuses on drama for women.
Thousand of women reported being raped last year, according to the article and other sources. There were wide ranges in figures, and the numbers soar higher when even modest estimates are given for unreported rapes. The most conservative number I found was 2,400. That's still way too many, and a lowball figure to boot.Featuring "Flashdance" star Jennifer Beals and Troian Bellisario, "Lauren" gives a close-up look at the challenges women service members face in trying to find justice after being raped. It's a problem that military leaders have given unprecedented attention to this year.
Women want to fight to defend their country. They deserve the same respect as men, and safeguards against men who would do them harm on downtime. It will always be a problem, but improvements in policy and attitude could go a long way towards bringing the numbers down and ensuring justice and fair treatment for victims.
They're willing to die for us. Supporting them is the least we can do.