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Dec 28 2012

US forces accused of multiple rapes in Afghanistan

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US forces rape women in northern Afghanistan village

JNN
6 Dec 2012


The residents of a village in northern Afghanistan say American troopers raped several women during a nighttime raid in the rural community. The locals said that the incident took place in a village in the Chahar Bolak district of Afghanistan’s Balkh Province where US special forces carried out house-to-house searches, Afghanistan Information Network reported on Sunday. However, the name of the village was not disclosed as the villagers said they had been threatened by the commander of the US forces with “consequences” in case of complaining about the issue.

During the operation, the troopers separated the men and women of about 15 families and raped several women, the locals said.

Since the beginning of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, American troopers have on different occasions abused Afghans. Last month, a US trooper involved in the mass killing of Afghan civilians in southern Afghanistan in March admitted to his crimes for the first time before a military court in the United States.

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Sep 28 2012

‘Hero’ charged with rape and trafficking teenager

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Former soldier charged with rape and trafficking teenager

Deanna Boyd
Sep. 20, 2012
star-telegram.com


FORT WORTH — A former soldier was charged Thursday with human trafficking and sexual assault of a child after police say he gave alcohol and drugs to a 14-year-old girl he’d picked up from a mall, had sex with her, and then later made her strip and have sex for money.

Nathan Tatarko, 30, of Fort Worth, faces charges of trafficking a person under age 18, a first-degree felony, and sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony. A friend of Tatarko’s, 26-year-old Elliott T. Reed of Benbrook, was charged Wednesday with sexual assault of a child for having sex with the underage girl.

Police said the girl had been dropped off at Ridgmar Mall on Aug. 11 and was walking outside in the rain when Tatarko pulled up and asked her if she wanted to get inside. Though she did not know Tatarko, the girl agreed, said Sgt. Pedro Criado, a police spokesman.

Criado said Tatarko gave the girl alcohol and later took her to a house to visit Reed. There, the trio did drugs and both men had sex with the girl, Criado said. Over the next couple of days, Tatarko then drove the girl to various gaming businesses where he had her strip for customers for money, Criado said. He later took the girl to a gas station, where he had her solicit sex for money from a man, Criado said. Criado said the girl followed Tatarko’s orders and gave the money she earned to Tatarko.

On Aug. 13, the girl was still with Tatarko when Fort Worth police pulled him over on a traffic stop, Criado said. Told by Tatarko to lie about her name and age, the girl identified was identified through fingerprints, Criado said. Once separated from Tatarko, Criado said the girl admitted to police what had taken place.

Tatarko previously served in the Army and had been deployed twice to the Middle East, once to Iraq and more recently to Afghanistan, according to his Facebook and MySpace profiles. His MySpace page includes several photographs taken during his Army career, including one of him posing with Sarah Palin at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany.

Tarrant County records show Tatarko was charged last month with burglary of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance. According to a police report of the case, a man said he saw someone in a black Dodge Challenger or Charger steal a chainsaw from the bed of his pickup Aug. 4. The man was down the street and ran toward the truck but the driver sped away. The man told police he managed to break the suspect’s back window by throwing a beer bottle at the fleeing car.

On Aug. 16, police patrolling a motel in west Fort Worth known for drug activity spotted a black Dodge Challenger with a back window broken out. Tatarko was arrested and later charged with burglary of a vehicle and possession of methamphetamines. He had been out on bond when he was arrested last week on the more recent charges. He remained in the Mansfield jail Thursday with bail set at $200,000. Reed was also arrested last week and remains in the Tarrant County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

The lead investigator on the case was Fort Worth police Detective Manny Reyes, who is assigned to the North Texas Trafficking Task Force.

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Aug 31 2012

When Obama Whitewashed Rape

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When Obama Whitewashed Rape

RILEY WAGGAMAN


Hello friends! Have you heard the terrific news? President Obama stands up for women, and speaks out against rape! “Rape is rape!” Except when the U.S. Military is doing the raping, of course, in which case political expediency requires Barack Obama to whitewash and completely ignore rape, forever.

In May 2009, Barack Obama announced he would not comply with a court order that would have brought hundreds of meticulously documented cases of rape and sexual assault from prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan to the forefront of public debate and scrutiny.

The court order stipulated the release of an estimated 2,000 photographs taken from Abu Ghraib and six other prisons across Iraq and Afghanistan. According to Major General Antonio Taguba, who led the formal inquiry into prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, the photographs in question depict “torture, abuse, rape and every indecency.”

Explaining his decision to ignore the order, President Obama argued, “The most direct consequence of releasing [the photographs], I believe, would be to inflame anti-American public opinion and to put our troops in greater danger.” President Obama went on to add, apparently with no sense of shame whatsoever, “I want to emphasize that these photos that were requested in this case are not particularly sensational.”

And as a precautionary measure against the possibility that rape is actually “sensational” — especially when perpetrated (and gleefully documented) by the U.S military — the Pentagon’s official position on this matter is that the photographs in question do not even exist. Indeed, it’s unlikely that any of this “rape” stuff even happened. There’s certainly no evidence to support such wild claims.

But what about the video Major General Taguba obtained during his investigation, which shows “a male American soldier in uniform sodomizing a female detainee“? Don’t worry, that’s not “particularly sensational.” No need to fret! Move along! Also: that video doesn’t exist, and that never happened.

How about the photograph that depicts “an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner”? Or the photograph that shows “a male translator raping a male detainee”? Or the countless photographs which are said to document “sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube”? How about the photo that shows “a female prisoner having her clothing forcibly removed to expose her breasts”?

That’s just a long list of “not particularly sensational”, misinformed speculation. Please try to remember: these photographs don’t even exist, according to the Obama Administration. Also, this never happened:

Among the graphic statements, which were later released under US freedom of information laws, is that of Kasim Mehaddi Hilas in which he says: “I saw [name of a translator] ******* a kid, his age would be about 15 to 18 years. The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets. Then when I heard screaming I climbed the door because on top it wasn’t covered and I saw [name] who was wearing the military uniform, putting his **** in the little kid’s ***…. and the female soldier was taking pictures.”

By now we are all well acquainted with Rep. Todd Akin’s ridiculous comments about “legitimate” rape, as well as President Obama’s widely-praised and publicized rebuttal, in which he called Akin’s remarks “offensive.” Obama went on to state, “rape is rape” and that Akin’s comments were “way out there.” As the November election looms, Obama supporters have jumped at the opportunity to contrast the president with the out-of-touch, anti-woman Rep. Akin, the latest poster boy for the Republican War On Women.

Yes, Barack Obama knows that “rape is rape.” Except when the U.S. military rapes women and children. Then rape is “not particularly sensational” or worthy of public disclosure, dialog or debate; then rape never even occurred, probably. And we don’t need to talk about rape that never happened. That’s just common sense, folks.

The President, ‬according to BUST Magazine, has become “the new feminist in town,” and his mighty takedown of Rep. Akin has been enshrined forever in the Annals of Brave Lip Service (“as if you needed another reason to swoon over our amazing president”; “We think feminism looks good on him“).

But Obama’s “rape is rape” lip service to America isn’t for everyone; it doesn’t really “resonate” if you’re a female detainee who was videotaped being raped by a U.S. soldier in uniform and then told that there’s nothing “particularly sensational” about that, no need to cause a commotion, think about the Troops that will be put in harm’s way! This is all silly goose talk anyway, since there is no evidence that such a rape even occurred. (Even though there is.)

But don’t be fooled: Todd Akin’s uninformed, hypothetical conjecturing about rape is the real war crime that needs to be exposed. That’s the real war being fought, in Jezebel Land, which apparently now suffers from “rape fatigue.”

And women will continue to praise Barack Obama for his bravery and feminism. And why shouldn’t they? The alternative is simply too gross to think about; whether a drone strike wiped out an entire village, whether President Obama covered up hundreds of rapes, or whether a phone call was placed by a high official in a forgotten, endless war…The point is, we need to bring Todd Akin to justice, before Jezebel explodes!

Riley Waggaman was the former co-editor of Wonkette.com.

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Mar 18 2012

US forces raped two women in Kandahar carnage

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US forces raped two women in Kandahar carnage

17th March 2012


The Afghan parliamentary mission investigating the recent massacre of 16 civilians by US forces in Afghanistan says two women were raped during the deadly incident, Press TV reports.

Two members of the fact-finding mission, Hamidzi Lali and Shakiba Hashemi, told the general meeting of Afghanistan’s parliament on Saturday that the American troopers raped two Afghan women before starting the massacre. They said between 15 to 20 US soldiers were involved in the carnage.

This is while Washington claims that the 38-year-old Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, who has just arrived in the US, was the only American military personnel responsible for the massacre.

Earlier on Friday, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai criticized the United States for not cooperating with the Afghan fact-finding team and said the killing of civilians by foreign forces in Afghanistan “has been going on for too long.”

On March 11, a group of US soldiers went from house to house in three villages in Kandahar’s Panjwaii district and gunned down Afghan civilians inside their homes, killing at least 16 people — mostly women and children — and injuring several others.

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Jan 18 2012

British soldiers abused 10 year olds in Afghanistan

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Two British soldiers ‘abused kids aged ten’

JOHN KAY and VIRGINIA WHEELER,
thesun.co.uk
18th Jan 2012


Two British soldiers have been arrested over claims they abused Afghan children aged about ten. The accused pair — a sergeant and a private in the Mercian Battle Group — allegedly encouraged a boy and a girl to touch them through their clothes. They are said to have filmed the children doing it before showing the footage to other soldiers on laptops.

David Cameron was said to be “deeply shocked” last night over the claims. The Prime Minister was informed of the allegations by defence chiefs. They told him military police had arrested a sergeant and a private. They were held following complaints from other servicemen. Several laptops have been seized and their contents scoured by a team of military cops assigned to the inquiry.

It is the first time allegations of abusing children have been levelled against British troops in either Afghanistan or Iraq. A source close to the probe said last night: “Nothing has been proved. What we have to establish is whether we are looking at sexual predatory behaviour or totally ill-judged larking about. Whatever the case, it is utterly inappropriate and terribly damaging to the British Army’s reputation in Afghanistan.” A senior defence source added: “We are determined to get to the bottom of this ASAP. Any criminal behaviour will be dealt with robustly and must not be allowed to undermine the excellent work our armed forces are doing in Afghanistan.”

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Oct 10 2011

Female soldier raped while on base

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(file pic of a female Australian soldier)

Female Australian soldier allegedly raped on duty

10 Oct 2011


The Australian Defence Department is investigating the alleged rape of a soldier while on duty in Afghanistan. It is alleged the woman was raped at a military base in Tarin Kot in Uruzgan province last month. She reported the incident to her superiors last week.

The Defence Department said it will not release further details about the assault while the investigation is underway. It said it does not condone inappropriate behaviour and treats such allegations seriously. The Defence Department also said its immediate priority is providing support and assistance to the soldier and ensuring the safety and welfare of its staff.

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Jan 14 2011

Afghan girl raped, killed by US troops

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Afghan girl raped, killed by US troops

Thu Jan 13, 2011


The daughter of an Afghan politician has reportedly died of her injuries after being raped by American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan’s southwestern province of Farah. US forces aboard five Toyota Hiace vans transferred the teenage girl along with several other Afghan women and girls to a military base in the province. They then sexually assaulted them, Afghan sources, who requested anonymity, told Iran Newspaper on Network on Wednesday.

Medical reports indicate that a young girl died as a result of severe bleeding that was caused by tears in her genitals from violent sexual penetration.  Two other victims were admitted to a nearby hospital and are currently receiving treatment for serious injuries they suffered following multiple rapes.  However, ISAF has told Press TV correspondent that they cannot confirm this report.

The incident comes as violence in Afghanistan has spiked to record highs since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.  Statistics about civilian death tolls in Afghanistan are not available. However, it is estimated that between 14,000 and 34,000 Afghan civilians have lost their lives since the US-led war.  Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians have reportedly lost their lives as a consequence of displacement, starvation, disease, exposure, lack of medical treatment, crime and lawlessness resulting from the war.

Afghan Interior Minister Zemarai Bashary said in a recent report that 2010 was the deadliest year for the civilians in the war-torn country since 2001.  Meanwhile, hundreds of civilians have lost their lives in US-led airstrikes and ground operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few months, with Afghans becoming more and more outraged over the seemingly endless number of deadly assaults.

This situation is adding fuel to the fire of anti-US sentiment in Afghanistan and the rest of the Islamic world.  Western public opinion is growing increasingly tired of the war. Deaths of civilians in NATO and US attacks have also fueled tensions between President Hamid Karzai and his Western allies.

The American army has lost 1,455 soldiers in Afghanistan since the beginning of the war.

RZS/HRF/MP/AKM

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Oct 08 2010

Should there be any sympathy for hired killers?

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Military owes it to fallen soldier to launch rape investigations

By JANET BAGNALL, The Montreal Gazette, October 8, 2010

This week, more than four years after she became the first Canadian servicewoman to die in combat, Captain Nichola Goddard was back in the news. Goddard, who was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2006, was killed in a battle with the Taliban on May 17, 2006, two weeks after her 26th birthday. Before she died, she wrote to her husband about a culture of oppressive sexual harassment and assault at her camp in Afghanistan, saying, “There were six rapes in the camp last week, so we have to work out an escort at night.”

This information is contained in a new book, Sunray: The Death and Life of Captain Nichola Goddard, by Calgary Herald columnist Valerie Fortney. When Fortney tried to learn more about sexual assault or harassment on Canadian Forces bases, she hit a brick wall. “It’s a big no-go zone,” she told Postmedia News.

A “no-go zone” if anything underplays the Canadian military’s reluctance to discuss, never mind deal with, the possibility of sexual assault and harassment of female soldiers. In the years since 2004, the Canadian military admits to having investigated only five reports of sexual assault in Afghanistan. Just one investigation led to a guilty verdict, a spokesperson for the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service told Postmedia News. An Afghan man was arrested after an investigation by the Afghan National Police and tried and found guilty by the Afghan justice system.

The Canadian military’s figures seem implausible: Goddard told her husband there were six rapes in a single week, yet all the Canadian military will admit to is a single conviction for assault in the space of six years.

The Canadian numbers seem even less believable stacked against U.S. statistics. According to figures published last year by a lobby group, the Service Women’s Action Network, 3,230 sexual assaults were reported against U.S. soldiers, an increase of 11 per cent over 2008. The group also pointed out the U.S. department of defence itself estimates that 80 per cent of sexual assaults in the military are not reported. Prosecution rates for sexual assailants are low: In civilian life, 40 per cent of alleged sexual attackers are prosecuted, whereas only eight per cent of alleged attackers are ever prosecuted in the military.

Out in the field, U.S. servicewomen reported 163 sexual assaults in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2008. In Canada, a report by the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal stated there were 170 sexual assaults in the military in 2008, a drop from the 176 reported in 2007 and 201 in 2006.

But if the information out of Canada’s military deployments and on its bases is not as accurate as it should be, service people are paying a high price. Again, turning to the Americans, research shows that sexual violence is the primary causal factor for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among female soldiers. For their male counterparts, the strongest PTSD predictor is combat experience.

Americans are awash in information compared with Canadian military people. The last thorough airing in Canada of sexual assault in a military context was more than a decade ago. In 1998, Canadian military compiuled a report on activities of military police in 1997, reported by Maclean’s magazine. The report showed that military police investigated 145 sexual assaults and related incidents. Just over half the alleged assailants were servicemen in the regular forces. More than one in four victims were teenage cadets, with regular National Defence Department employees (including female soldiers) making up another quarter of victims. At the time, in 1998, the military insisted that their rate of sexual assault was substantially lower than among civilian populations, 64 sexual assaults per 100,000 population compared with 89, a claim that should be retested.

If the Canadian government is sending young women into combat without investigating in a coherent, systematic way whether sexual harassment or assault is putting additional, possibly intolerable, stress on them, that is unconscionable.

Nichola Goddard, whom this country professes to honour, has already been snubbed once, when the coffin holding her remains was deliberately hidden from a saddened public on its arrival from Afghanistan.

Her words, written in frustration and fear four years ago, should be the start of a new openness about sexual violence in the armed forces. Taking what she said seriously -that would be the right way to honour a fallen soldier.

jbagnall@montrealgazette.com

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Oct 06 2010

Soldier rapist snared by public

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Soldier rapist snared by public for a crime that shocked the community

Anthony Jackson

‘Dreadful offence’: Rapist Anthony Jackson has been jailed for six years.

DETECTIVES have praised the community for helping bring to justice a soldier who raped a teenage girl. Anthony Jackson, 25, has been jailed for six years for raping a 17-year-old girl as she walked along Kingston Road, in Willerby, during the early hours of the morning. He then fled the country by flying to Tenerife.

Businesses in Willerby, including two takeaways, a petrol station and the Hop Pole pub, handed police their CCTV footage, which enabled detectives to trace Jackson’s movements and identify him as the attacker. Detective Inspector Nigel Sawyer said: “Stranger rapes are very rare in the East Riding and the community must have been very frightened after this incident, but they can now be assured that justice has now been done. CCTV played a vital role in his capture and was pivotal in this case. It was thanks to the support from local businesses, residents and the media that we have got this result for this dreadful offence.

“Without the support from the community this could have gone undetected. He targeted a vulnerable young victim. I hope out of these tragic circumstances she has now got justice.”

As part of their investigations, officers posted appeals for information through the letterboxes of houses and business premises and conducted house to house enquiries. It was through this that businesses handed in vital CCTV footage which showed Jackson following his victim. Witnesses also came forward, enabling the police to trace the taxi Jackson had taken prior to the attack.

A jury at Hull Crown Court took four and half hours to find Jackson unanimously guilty of rape. He had watched the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, walking on her own at 3.45am and followed her. Jackson caught up with her and, despite her telling him to leave her alone, he then tried to kiss her before dragging her onto a gravel driveway and raping her. She did not know her attacker.

Jackson then fled and was seen on CCTV running back to his mother’s home on the same road. When officers went to arrest him they found he had flown to Tenerife the day after the attack. Special branch officers arrested him when he flew back into Glasgow Airport two weeks later. Jackson denied the rape, claiming he gone to see if the girl was alright. He said they just “clicked” and had consensual sex. But the jury saw through Jackson’s lies.

Judge John Dowse told him: “You crossed the road. There was no chivalry in mind, only to see if she was game for sex. It was a stranger rape. You effectively abducted her. It must have been a terrifying experience. She told you she didn’t want your attention. She told you she was meeting her friend and you disregarded that completely. She was vulnerable and you took advantage of her.”

Jackson had been out in Hull drinking prior to the rape and had been thrown out of Sharkey’s bar for harassing girls. He was also been seen on CCTV targeting lone females.

Detective Constable Mick Dudill said: “This was a terrible crime. Jackson has shown no remorse for his actions. He made his victim relive this terrifying experience in court. She has shown tremendous courage and bravery confronting him in the courtroom. It was very traumatic but she was determined not to show him any emotion. I hope she can now move on with her life.”

Jackson, originally from Hawthorne Avenue, Willerby, has been a serving soldier for three and a half years and was based in Germany. He had returned to Hull from a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan just two weeks before the rape.

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Jul 19 2010

Canadian ex-soldier speaks about his guilt

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Former Canadian soldier speaks out against ‘disgusting’ child rape in Afghanistan

July 19th, 2010

Former Cpl. Travis Schouten claims he witnessed an Afghan boy being sexually assualted by Afghan security personnel at Canada’s Forward Operating Base Wilson in Afghanistan in 2006.


Every day, Travis Schouten lives with the image of the rape of an Afghan boy at a Canadian Forces base. Witnessing two men, one armed with a knife, sodomize the child during an incident in late 2006 helped drive the 26-year-old to the brink of mental collapse.

But the former corporal said the assault is just the tip of an iceberg and underneath lies the systemic sexual abuse of boys at the hands of Afghanistan’s police and army. It’s something he said the Canadian Forces has turned a blind eye to.

“It’s disgusting,” said Schouten, now retired after eight years in the military. “We’re telling people that we’re trying to build a nation there and we let this happen? We allow rampant abuse of young boys at the hands of what is supposed to be their finest police officers and army officers, then what does that say?”

Schouten’s allegations that Afghans were sexually abusing children at a Canadian base near Kandahar made headlines in 2008 but earlier this year, military investigators dismissed the claims as unfounded. He is, however, not alone in voicing his concerns. Defence Department records show military police were upset about such incidents but were told not to interfere. Army officers also met in 2007 to discuss the issue of Afghan security personnel “having anal sex with young boys” but their main concern was the media would somehow find out.

Others in the military note they were told such practices were an age-old part of Afghan culture. One soldier who e-mailed Canwest News Service stated he served at the same base at another time and troops had orders to stop any rapes. But he also noted they were told the practise of “Man Love Thursdays,” as it was called, involved consenting Afghans and no one was raped by older men. The children involved were given small gifts or money in return for sex, soldiers said.

Schouten, however, questions whether a five- or six-year old child, or even an 11-year-old, can consent. “The Canadian Forces wants people to think it’s a cultural thing, that everyone is doing it, because it takes the onus of responsibility off them to stop it,” he said.

The United Nations has also questioned arguments that sex with children is a cultural issue. In July 2008, a UN special representative spoke out against the Afghan practise. “What I found was nobody talks about it; everyone says, ‘Well, you know, it’s been there for 1,000 years, so why do we want to raise this now?’ ” said Radhika Coomaraswamy. “But somebody has to raise it and it has to be dealt with.”

And not all Afghans are so accepting of what some claim is tradition. Afghan villagers this summer complained to British troops in Helmand province that Afghan police were abducting children to be used for sex. Last year also saw an extremely rare event; three Afghan police officers who gang-raped a 12-year-old boy and his father were sent to prison.

Although reports in a Toronto newspaper noted that Schouten saw the aftermath of the attack on a young boy, he said that is not accurate. He actually entered the headquarters and witnessed two Afghan security personnel sodomizing the child. “I walked in and they were raping a kid,” he recalled. “The kid was bleeding. They guy with the camo fatigues had a knife in his hand.”

He left the headquarters shaken. The Canadian unit already had been dealing with other problems with the Afghans and his immediate options were limited. “I wasn’t going to start doing something at the scene,” he said. “I’m in the middle of the ANP headquarters. What do I do? Start shooting Afghan police? I’d get myself shot.”

Afterward, he was approached by an Afghan interpreter who worked with troops. The man had with him a couple of five-year-old boys who had also been allowed on the Canadian base. “He brought up the fact he likes to rape little boys,” Schouten said. “He’s telling me how he likes to use a knife on them.”

Schouten said after the incident, his life fell apart. He began drinking heavily. After returning from Afghanistan, he was involved in a car accident which injured one of his passengers. He went absent without leave when he was supposed to be at a psychiatrist’s appointment. The army’s reaction was to try to dishonourably discharge him but Schouten successfully fought that. In August, he was honourably discharged on medical grounds. Schouten wasn’t surprised the military investigation concluded his allegations were unfounded and his chain of command had not been informed of any such incidents.

Back in Canada, he told a lieutenant colonel and Defence Department officials of the incident, who in turn, informed others in the army’s leadership. However, since none of those people was in Schouten’s direct chain of command, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service could conclude nothing was reported, he explained.

Other soldiers also were reluctant to come forward. “Guys have mortgages, they have kids,” said Schouten. “If they go and get involved in this their careers will be stopped. Look what the army did to me.” Schouten isn’t expecting anything different from an army board of inquiry launched last year. Although soldiers know Afghan security forces are having sex with kids, the issue is too explosive to deal with, he added.

Schouten said the rape and its aftermath shook his faith in the military. “In my mind, when I signed up, it was a brotherhood to me,” he explained. “I thought I was there for an established set of values and I loved that. I was wrong.”

Schouten is now rebuilding his life and is going to university. “I’m putting myself back together,” he said. “But at the same time, I do feel people should be held accountable and people should know this is what is going on over there.”

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So, he just stood there and watched this happening? I’ve a feeling the real reason for his claimed breakdown is massive GUILT that he didn’t do what any normal person would do and try to stop the rape. Did he think they would kill him? This guy is no hero – he’s a soldier who allowed the rape of a child to continue.

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