Monday, June 26, 2006

I heard the story about the AWOL female soldier who refused to report for her second tour of duty in Iraq this morning on NPR radio on my way to work. As if being deployed to that hellhole a second time wasn't stressful enough, it turns out that the real boogeyman of the day was the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of "superiors".

Army specialist Suzanne Swift left her Washington-state-based unit six months ago without permission. She was arrested last week at her home in Oregon. She says she deserted because of the sexual harassment she suffered during a year-long deployment to Iraq. The Army says it's investigating her claims.

You can listen to the story at NPR, here:
Iraq Veteran Says Harassment Prompted Desertion

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