The Military Failed Vanessa Guillen and Others. It Must Do Better.

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A protest for justice for Vanessa Guillen at the state Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., on July 25. (Gailya Paliga)

This post was originally published by the North Carolina National Organization for Women. It has been republished with permission.

Vanessa Guillen was a 20-year-old Army private first class when she went missing on April 22 from Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, Texas. She vanished mid-shift, leaving her car keys, barracks room key, Army identification card and wallet behind at her workspace. The investigation into her disappearance dragged on slowly at best while her family pushed for help and answers. Eventually, investigators found she was murdered by a soldier on base.

Before the murder, Guillen had told her family she had been sexually harrassed by her superiors, but was afraid to report it. Her case and problems with how the military handles sexual assault and…

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