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Sexual Assault
Troops who report sexual assault face retaliation
Troops who report sexual assault face retaliation

The Arkansas hotel room smelled of smoke, and the television news showed footage of troops on patrol in Iraq. Lt. Col. Teresa James recalls that she focused on the screen's images, rather than on the senior officer who was raping her. James, a member of the West Virginia National Guard, kept the attack a secret for six years. She was worried she would not be believed, and if she came forward, her career would be derailed. But when she feared a junior officer might be the man's next victim, James decided it was time to do something. "I've paid for it ever since," she said. After she reported the assault, she says, she began to face questions about her...