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Eight military women say they were raped

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  • New lawsuit alleges U.S. Military has tolerance for sexual predators
  • Defense Secretary Panetta estimates 19,000 sexual assaults a year

Eight women are suing the U.S. Military for having a “high tolerance for sexual predators in their ranks” and “zero tolerance for those who report” being raped. The women say they are taunted threatened and punished for reporting any sexual harassment or assault.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the number of sexual assaults in the military could be as high as 19,000 a year. And only a small number of these are ever reported. This crisis is also the focus of an award-winning new documentary called “The Invisible War.”

Two former Marines featured in that documentary told their stories to Jane Velez-Mitchell. Elle Helmer and Arianna Clay are both part of that lawsuit filed against the military.

For more on this story tune into Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. 

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