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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 08/31/2011

In affidavits, Peace Corps volunteers tell stories of assault and frustration


Three Peace Corps volunteers who were raped while serving overseas shared their experiences with lawmakers in May. The agency apologized at the hearing for their hardships. (AP)
Colleague Lisa Rein is reporting today on the accounts of about 30 current and former Peace Corps volunteers who were sexually assaulted overseas while serving the agency.

According to Lisa’s report, most of the attacks occurred in the past four years — and some as recently as the past year — during a time when the agency says it has improved how it responds to violent crimes.

A 21-year-old Peace Corps volunteer was sexually assaulted on her way to buy lunch in her village overseas. A 23-year-old volunteer was strangled two years earlier before she broke free.

Read Lisa’s full report here.

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