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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Expert: To Prevent Military Sexual Assaults, Put More Women In Combat

Capt. Sara Rodriguez of the 101st Airborne Division walks through the woods during the expert field medical badge testing at Fort Campbell, Ky. (AP)

Capt. Sara Rodriguez of the 101st Airborne Division walks through the woods during the expert field medical badge testing at Fort Campbell, Ky. (AP)

A recent Defense Department report estimates that as many as 26,000 military members may have been sexually assaulted last year.

These new statistics are being released as all branches of the military are supposed to initiate plans to involve women in combat roles. Boston Globe National Security Columnist Juliette Kayyem says the sexual assault problem is a symptom of a military culture that considers women second class citizens. She says that will never change until women are fully integrated into the services — and putting them in combat positions is the true test of whether that will change.

Guest:

  • Juliette Kayyem, Boston Globe columnist

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