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?
- Ryan Leigh Dostie - Combat veteran and author of the new memoir Formation: A Woman’s Memoir of Stepping Out of Line. She served as a Farsi/Dari linguist for military intelligence in the U.S. Army (@RyanDostie)
- Col. Ellen Haring (ret.), PhD - Retired Army colonel and the CEO of Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) (@eharing)
Read an excerpt from FORMATION:
Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on August 15, 2019.