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美國「時代」(Time)雜誌今天報導,有關美國駐海外女兵常遭性侵的問題,已演變成一場「不許問,不許說」的戰爭,也成為今年冬天的頭條新聞標題。

一般平民遭到強暴,可以從醫師、律師和保護受害者社團獲得秘密或不公開諮詢,但軍隊受害者唯一的特權,是只能向軍中牧師申訴。

一般平民有更多機會逃避加害者,但派在偏遠基地的女兵,提出控訴反而比加害者更可能斷送軍旅前程。她們擔心會被以「保護」為由調離單位,或說是不希望她們破壞單位的任務與團結。

有統計指出,被調查的性侵女兵案,僅有8%的加害者被起訴,而一般平民的加害者被起訴比率是40%。驚人的是,性侵女兵案的加害者,高達80%的人卻能夠光榮退伍。

  這種背叛的感覺深入受害者心中。她們加入軍隊成為效忠隊伍的一份子,是為了追求更偉大的事業。專家將這種特別的傷害與亂倫相比擬,因為攻擊者是來自軍隊「大家庭」的成員。

 

報導在引言表示,美國駐外女兵晚上7點過後不敢喝水,是為了減少夜晚上廁所被性侵的危險;或是女兵外出抽菸遭到性侵卻不敢報告上級,害怕遭到降級處分─因為她外出未隨身攜帶武器。

或著就如眾議員哈曼(JaneHarman)表示,「在伊拉克,比起被敵人開槍打死的機率,女兵更可能遭到同僚性侵。」

報導指出,有關女兵遭受暴力的程度,美國眾院軍事委員會(HouseArmedServicesCommittee)舉行的聽證會所獲不多,可能是因為有太多指揮官不願問,以及太多受害者不願說。

美國五角大廈的最新數字顯示,在2008會計年度,將近3000名女兵遭到性侵,較前一年增加9%;在伊拉克和阿富汗服役的女兵,這個數字上升25%。

在所有退役女兵裡,有將近1/3表示,自己在服役時遭到強暴或性侵──比率是一般平民的兩倍。

更嚴重的問題是,五角大廈估計有80-90%的受害者沒有報告上級。國會稽核處(GovernmentAccountabilityOffice,GAO)報告指出,大多數受害者保持緘默,是因為「相信不會有用;害怕被開除、被騷擾、被嘲笑和擔心被說閒話」。超過一半的人害怕被貼上麻煩製造者的標籤。

  女兵如果未能在事發後立即申訴,因之而引發的創傷後壓力症(PostTraumaticStress),也常會遭到漠視。軍中也沒有足夠的精神病專家能夠協助她們。

  據女兵行動網(ServiceWomen'sActionNetwork)表示,在成為無家可歸者機率方面,退役女兵是退役男性士兵的4倍,其中有40%據報是性侵受害者

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6歲和家人移民加拿大的李綺虹,1994年參加香港選美比賽獲得第三名,進入影壇後,演出多部電影、電視劇。連續兩年以兩部作品提名香港金像獎最佳女配角獎,分別為1997年《衝鋒隊怒火街頭》、《金枝玉葉2》,及1998年的《自梳》、《神偷碟影》,被影評人評為演技派新星。 香港演員李綺虹嫁給外籍老公後,長居加拿大。日前,她重回香港影壇拍TVB劇《老公萬歲》,特地返港宣傳,並接受《明報周刊》專訪。個性活潑又健談的她,大談和老公的Morning Sex(早晨性愛),更說,未來想賣性玩具

李綺虹即使年屆40,已育有一子,但因擁有娃娃臉,加上一頭俐落短髮,看起來比實際年齡小很多(如圖)。2008年復出接拍電視劇,在《老公萬歲》的演出受到網友熱烈討論,加上她對該劇期望高,因此主動買機票回香港宣傳,她自嘲過去兩年,是自己入行來,最主動的時期,「進娛樂圈以來,我從未試過這麼主動,搞博客、開網站、拍照、自己剪演出片段,還有這次主動飛回來做宣傳。」

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Frommer's has the latest news on this: It's that time of year again -- or at least one of those two times of year. The post-holidays dining bargains get you out of the house in the dead of winter, with the special menus, special prices, and special benefits to hunger-related charities.


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New three- and four-tier award schedules may make it easier to get seats for a reasonable number of miles, but Ed Perkins remains skeptical. Here's why.


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My friend Steve Casimiro , former editor of Powder  magazine, writer and photographer extraordinaire, and the brain behind The Adventure Life blog just reminded me of this insane video of Frenchie Antoine Montant skiing out of an enormous slide with a parachute.


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Like free throws or music scales, survival skills can be practiced. If you repeat the exercises needed for a life or death situation you can increase your chances of survival—whether you're a father perfecting a friction fire in the backyard or a soldier simulating an underwater escape from a helicopter crash in a pool


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If you want to take a river cruise in March 2010, book this week for additional discounts on select Viking River Cruises. Through December 2, the cruise line is offering two-for-one pricing on your cruise fare, discounts of $1,000 per couple ($500 per person) on international business-class airfare and complimentary wine with dinner. This offer is available on select sail dates between March 18 and 27, 2010, for cruises along the Danube, Rhine, Elbe and other European waterways, as well as the Yangtze River in China.


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Over the past few years, we've written about and reviewed a bunch of gear from Nau, makers of stylish and eco-conscious technical outerwear and clothing for men and women, like the jacket the bearded gentleman is wearing above. If you're not familiar with their stuff, check it out here .


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Don’t underestimate the power of quiet and solitude.


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From conversations with several heads of Caribbean tour companies, it's clear that the tropics have had slow going. And though some slight pick-up is presently expected, most of them are striving hard to keep their prices low and their passenger counts up -- especially for stays in the month of January just ahead, when advance bookings are not promising


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Meander through cobblestoned streets, stroll past boutiques, and stop at a cafe. It's all possible with Air France's sale to destinations like Barcelona, Geneva, Lisbon, and Paris, among others.


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Zagat's annual survey of the airline industry doesn't tell us much we didn't already know: Continental, JetBlue, and Virgin America bring the goods.


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Leaving on a jet plane for the long holiday weekend? The Wall Street Journal suggests a few tips to overcome the stress of delayed flights, including a suggestion to cool your heels in the first class lounge. Photo by joiseyshowaa


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There may not be much powder skiing in Antarctica. Nonetheless a team of eight women from Commonwealth countries set off on skis toward the South Pole yesterday. Hailing from Cyprus, Ghana, Singapore, India, Brunei, New Zealand, Britain, and Jamaica, they are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth with the aim of spreading the good word of cultural exchange and the power of women.


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If you're willing to break with tradition here and there, it's possible to build a full Thanksgiving dinner out of items not prohibited by the TSA's ban on liquids.


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  ©Daniel Beltrá, courtesy of The Prince’s Rainforests Project and Sony By Mary Catherine O'Connor Some of Daniel Beltrá 's photographs are shockingly beautiful, but many are just plain shocking. And it's the latter group—which illustrate burning, drought-stricken and clear-cut rainforests of Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia—that just may push our political leaders toward making real progress at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) to be held next month in Copenhagen


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Disney cruises can be expensive, as the line only has two ships. But parents can get a break with new "kids sail free" offers on Disney Wonder in 2010


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Disney's latest great kids sail free offer will have parents jumping for joy, and kids getting an up-close look at the culture and history of Europe aboard Disney Magic in 2010. With this special deal, kids ages 17 and under traveling with two full-fare paying guests in the same stateroom sail free on select Mediterranean cruises. Valid sail dates are between April 24 and May 26, 2010.


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Yves Rossy will attempt to become the first person ever to complete an intercontinental crossing via jet-wing on November 25. He plans to take off in a Pilatus Porter aircraft from Morocco, ascend to a height of 2,000 meters, then exit from the plane to deploy his jet-wing and lift off for southern Spain


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If you're celebrating an important milestone, such as a wedding anniversary or a big birthday, or are planning a reunion-style family vacation, consider the savings with Crystal Cruises' Family Memories Program. For every six guests who book and pay in full on select 2009/2010 cruises, pre-paid gratuities, shipboard credits, group photos, and more will be provided by the line.


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