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The issue of sexual assault in the military makes the news periodically, usually in articles with mouth-dropping statistics and official outrage. Mary F. Calvert read such an article. It estimated that while 26,000 rapes and sexual assaults took place in the armed forces in 2012, only one in seven victims reported the attack and only one in 10 of those cases went to trial. But Ms. Calvert, a photojournalist who documents gender-based human rights issues, often in the developing world, could not let the story go. “Even though I’ve taught a workshop for military photographers for 17 years,” she said, “I had no idea that this was happening in my backyard. The numbers blew me away.” She had previously done a project on rape as a tool of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rebel groups were systematically raping thousands of women. “And, perhaps worst of all,” she recalled...

Full article: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/17/surviving-rape-i...

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