Helen Benedict talks about the Pentagon lifting the ban on women serving in combat

01/31/13 Mary Glenney
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Helen Benedict is a professor of journalism at Columbia University who won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice in 2008. Professor Benedict is a novelist and journalist specializing in issues of social justice. Her most recent non-fiction book THE LONELY SOLDIER: THE PRIVATE WAR OF WOMEN SERVING IN IRAQ (2009 and 2010, Beacon Press) won the EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award) from the National Women's Political Caucus and was the inspiration for the award winning and Oscar nominated documentary film "The Invisible War". The book inspired a lawsuit against the Pentagon and Defense Secretaries Rumsfeld and Gates on behalf of women and men who were sexually assaulted while in the military. Helen discusses the effects she thinks the lifting of the ban of women serving in combat might have on the high incidence of sexual assault and rape in the military.

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