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Peace Corps Failed Volunteers When They Became Rape Victims

600px-US-PeaceCorps-Logo.svgPeace Corps is in the business to help “countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.” But do they help their volunteers? Numerous cases have come forward about women who have been raped and threatened after being positioned in another country. In many cases, the organization knew about the assaults but ignored them stating that “those types of things happen.”  The Raw Story reports:

A group of former volunteers who were raped while working with the Peace Corps told Congress Wednesday that serious changes need to be made to the organization.

The victims explained that in many cases, the way they were treated by the Peace Corps after reporting the assault was more traumatic than the rape itself.

“These women are alone in many cases, and they’re in rough parts of the world,” Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) told The New York Times prior to the hearing.

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Peace Corps Founder, Sargent Shriver, Dies At The Age 95

0832_lgVia Discovery News:

Sargent Shriver, the founder of the Peace Corps and a former vice presidential candidate, died on Tuesday in suburban Washington surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was 95.

On learning the news, President Barack Obama called him “one of the brightest lights of the greatest generation.”

“Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Sarge came to embody the idea of public service,” he said. “Of his many enduring contributions, he will perhaps best be remembered as the founding director of the Peace Corps, helping make it possible for generations of Americans to serve as ambassadors of goodwill abroad.”

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