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Best Of 2019: Ryan Leigh Dostie Discusses Lasting Impact Of Rape In The U.S. Military

Ryan Leigh Dostie
Ryan Leigh Dostie in Iraq in June 2004

Ryan Leigh Dostie is an Iraq War veteran. She joined the U.S. Army to serve her country. But before she was deployed, she experienced violence from one of her own when she was raped by a fellow soldier. 

This hour, we sit down with Dostie. She is a Connecticut resident and author of the new book: Formation: A Woman’s Memoir of Stepping Out of Line.

Recent statistics show sexual assaults in the military have surged in recent years. We talk with a retired colonel about this disturbing trend.

And we want to hear from you. Are you a veteran? How do you think the U.S. military should confront this epidemic of violence in its ranks?


Read an excerpt from FORMATION:

 Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired  on August 15, 2019.

See all of Where We Live's Best of 2019 interviews here.

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