New YouTube video series 'Lauren' illustrates the torment a female soldier experiences when reporting abuse in the military, starring Flashdance actress Jennifer Beals
New YouTube video series ‘Lauren’ illustrates the torment a female soldier experiences when reporting abuse in the military, starring Flashdance actress Jennifer Beals.
‘Lauren’ gives a poignant look at the difficulties faced by women who report rape and sexual abuse in the military.
The show aims to show viewers how unfair the military can be towards the abuse of female service members.
The programme starts with an army commanding officer Major Jo Stone, played by Jennifer Beals, scrutinizing a report made by a sergeant named Lauren about being raped by three fellow soldiers.
The young soldier is asked how many drinks she had the night the rape occurred and then Stone tells her: ‘Even if the men are deemed guilty, they’re likely to suffer a reprimand or a slight pay cut, nothing more.
‘But what will happen to you may expose you to repercussions for your entire career.’
It is estimated 86 per cent of sexual assaults in the military go unreported, showing that some women are worried about the effect reporting this would have on their careers.
Around 3,200 sexual assaults in the military were reported last year.
You can watch Lauren here.