Sex Assaults Against Women in Military 'Epidemic'

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Testifying alongside Lauterbach was Ingrid Torres, who told the lawmakers that when she moved overseas as a Red Cross worker assigned to the American military, she was excited "to be doing a job that could make a difference to those serving their country, especially during a time of war."

But a year later in Korea, Torres was raped in her sleep by a military doctor after taking an Ambien.

The perpetrator, then the installation flight doctor, has since been convicted, kicked out of the military and placed in confinement. But Torres said the military has a long way to go helping female soldiers and civilians who are the victims of rape and sexual assault.

"I, as the victim, made others feel more uncomfortable than him, as the accused," she told a House panel. Later, she said, "a psychologist told me I was acting like a baby."

Torres said the military should streamline its programs across bases and branches to combat sexual assault and rape.

Lt. General Michael Rochelle told lawmakers about a comprehensive prevention campaign in the works by the Army and the increased advocacy for victims and training for all levels of soldier enacted in the past several years.

Rochelle offered an "apology to any, any soldier who has worn the uniform and suffered out of sexual assault."

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