Peace Corps Gang Rape: Volunteer Jess Smochek Says US Agency Ignored Warnings – ABC News

Posted on January 14, 2011

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More than 1,000 young American women have been raped or sexually assaulted in the last decade while serving as Peace Corps volunteers in foreign countries, an ABC News 20/20 investigation has found.

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Victims say Peace Corps counselors are doing great damage. “Just because someone has a drink doesn’t give anyone the right to violate them,” said Casey Frazee. “And they need to stop telling survivors that.”

“When bad things happen, you say to yourself, ‘How did I bring this upon myself?’ and I think, unfortunately, Peace Corps is hoping you’ll think in that direction, too,” said rape victim Adrianna Ault Nolan.

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