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A US female soldier’s Career Ended After Telling Her Boss She Was Raped

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Say you worked at a large company had been raped by a co-worker. Now imagine you aren't allowed to report it to the police. Instead you have to tell your boss. Then the case is judged by a panel of your co-workers, and the verdict can be overruled by other managers.

That sounds dystopian, but it's roughly what faces America's military personnel. When Myla Haider was raped during military training, she didn't report it, because it would have meant telling a superior officer. "I've never met one victim who was able to report the crime and still retain their military career," she told NPR. "Not one." Years later, when she was serving as an intelligence agent, an officer phoned her out of the blue. He was investigating a potential serial rapist. Had Haider been raped, he asked. She felt a moral obligation to report her rape at last.

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