(Newser) – The sexual assault epidemic plaguing the military is getting quite a bit of attention—but what’s not getting much attention is the fact that 53% of all sexual assault cases last year involved male victims, the New York Times reports. “It’s easy for some people to single out women and say: ‘There’s a small percentage of the force having this problem,'” says one soldier who was raped by a superior. “No one wants to admit this problem affects everyone.” Most attacks involve hazing or bullying, and have more to do with “humiliation or torture,” a prosecutor explains. [..]


Maricruz Ladino of Salinas, Calif., whose story is featured in "Rape in the Fields," is one of many women who say they have been sexually assaulted while working in America's fields, farms and factories.

An estimated 560,000 women work on U.S. farms, and many of them face harassment and abuse.

SALINAS, Calif. — Sexually abused in a field by her supervisor, a woman and her four-year legal battle against her former employer highlights the PBS Frontline documentary Rape in the Fields that airs Tuesday night.

But Maricruz Ladino’s story is just one of thousands among more than half a million undocumented women working each day in America’s fields.

Ominously, the Lowell Bergman documentary, also produced by Univision News, begins, “This is a story about what many women go through to keep those jobs and food on the table.” [..]


About a year ago, I went to a party at a friend’s house. The place was crowded. There was a bunch of people there that I hadn’t seen since high school. We were all having a good time, drinking, dancing, and catching up on what everyone’s up to now that most of us are done with college. I’m a pretty big guy and I can usually handle my drinks, but I guess I got a little carried away that night ’cause I started getting real tired and then the room started spinning. [..]

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