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ID:

643

Date:

2012-04-14

Headline:

Rape victims say military labels them 'crazy'

Reporter's name:

David S. Martin

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

CNN

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

The Department of Defense has discharged a disproportionate number of women from each branch of the service for “personality disorder” – a specific diagnosis which in numerous cases has been made quickly, with minimal review of individual circumstances, after sexual assaults, and which saves DOD both the obligation of paying benefits and investigating the assailants.

Notes:

The Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic used FOIA to obtain military records. Although the records provide statistics regarding personality-disorder discharges and not the number of women who had reported sexual assaults, numerous women describe being sexually assaulted, being ignored or discouraged by the chain of command, and subsequently discharged for no legitimate reason.

Keywords:

rape, sexual assault, military, Department of Defense, "personality disorder" diagnosis, discharge, Yaw Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic, Vietnam Veterans of America

URL:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/14/health/military-sexual-assaults-personality-disorder


Agencies:

DOD

States:

DC

Categories:

Coast Guard
military
workplace safety


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