Fact: instances of men raping women and sexual abuse are three times higher in the US military than in civilian life. When Suzanne Swift, a 20 year old MP serving in Iraq, was raped and sexually harassed, she suffered a mental breakdown and went AWOL, refusing to be reposted there. She is now in prison.
This is a YouTube video of her mother speaking at the Veteran’s for peace National Convention on 12th August.
Revolutionary Act covers this story because of its insight into the mentality of the male-dominated US war machine which sees its female personnel, as one speaker comments, as “a sexual resource for men”. Another speaker tells of how “military training dehumanises half the population.”
Five more chunks of the worth watching video footage of the Convention, with personal acounts of rape and sexual abuse, can be found at: