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Helping survivors of military sexual trauma

Jennifer Norris joined the military after college because she wanted to serve “a bigger purpose.”

That was 15 years ago. Within the first two years of her enlistment as an airman in the Air National Guard in Maine, she says she was raped by a recruiter and sexually assaulted by three noncommissioned officers. Norris, who retired from the guard in 2011, at age 40, now has a new sense of purpose: helping other women veterans suffering from military sexual trauma. Last week she participated in the Truth and Justice Summit in Washington, D.C., a convening of survivors of military sexual assault, and told her story to the Maine congressional delegation.

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