|Award of Excellence|
Mary Frances Calvert
"The Battle Within: Examining Rape in America’s Military"
Military lawyers from the US Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard testify during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss sexual assaults in the US Armed Forces. With the United States promoting itself as a beacon of freedom and human dignity to the rest of the world, how does it win the war of ideas in places like Afghanistan, where our leaders decry the abuse of women by the Taliban, while allowing the same abuse within the organization that is the initial point of contact for most Afghanis: the tip of the American foreign policy spear?