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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, has asked the Department of Defense to look into allegations of sexual assault at the New Hampshire National Guard. Her request came after News 9 spoke with soldiers who said they were sexually assaulted while serving.
"There certainly can be added barriers to victims coming forward inside of institutions," said Lyn Schollett, executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
"However, in this set of circumstances, while it is never incumbent of any survivor to speak out, when they do, like these soldiers did, they can have enormous influence," she said. "They are giving other survivors hope, and they are giving other survivors hope that systems can change and be more responsive in the future".
April 19, 2023