(NEWS CENTER) -- Thousands of women -- and men-- are reporting being raped, sexually abused and intimidated by other american servicepeople-- often, their immediate superior.
In February, 17 active service members filed a class action lawsuit against Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld for running, quote, "Institutions in which perpetrators were promoted and plaintiffs and other victims were openly subjected to retaliation."
In a Special Report, Kathleen Shannon looks into Sexual Assault in Uniform through the experience of three Mainers.
If you are a member of the military who has been sexually assaulted here is a link to 24-hour confidential crisis services known as Safe Help Line. Or you can call 1-877-995-5247.