Military sex assault survivor speaks at BTC



As the U.S. military works to deal with thousands of sexual assaults in its ranks each year, a 27-year-old Army veteran does her part during a visit Thursday at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville. Rachel Beauchene says she had no idea how common the problem was when she was assaulted in 2004. She says the Army had no support system for victims. Not until seeing the Academy Award winning documentary "The Invisible War", was she aware of the "epidemic" of sexual assaults in the military. Now, Beauchene supports other victims by launching the La Crosse based non-profit, "Survivors Empowered through Art", and speaking to groups like the one gathered on the B-T-C campus. She says she's pleased to see the problem come to light in public, and agrees with recommendations to take investigations out of the hands of commanders.


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