Preview tonight’s report on rape and sexual assault in the military

They are told to expect it and then ignoredcalled “crazy”, and denied access to healthcare when it happens.

Each year, more than 3,000 military men and women report being sexually assaulted by fellow service members. Officials say the number of actual assaults is far higher, closer to 19,000. Of the cases that are reported, only a fraction are prosecuted.

Tonight, NBC’s Natalie Morales will sit down with female soldiers from every branch of the military who say they were raped while serving their country and then were retaliated against for coming forward. She will also interview Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who has admitted this is a serious problem. It’s on at 10. Check out a preview clip here and catch the rest tonight. You can also check out this new ad campaign from the ACLU and retired military leaders and veterans, visit Stand With Servicewomen to sign the petition, and help spread the word.

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Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to her work at Feministing, Lori is an Associate Director at Planned Parenthood Global. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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