• US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta listens during a Pentagon press conference on September 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Paul J Richards / AFP / Getty Images )


    Panetta Sued Over Military Rapes

    Jesse Ellison reports exclusively on a suit alleging the secretary and his predecessors violated civil rights.

    Daniele Hoffman was 17 years old when she met the recruiter for the National Guard who she says eventually attempted to rape her. The child of a single mother, Hoffman says the man “became the fatherly figure in my life.” She signed up for service both to “give back to my country and to make him proud. I wouldn’t have joined if it weren’t for his influence.”

    But then, she says, the recruiter began to touch her inappropriately, make physical advances, and eventually attempted to rape her, warning her not to tell anyone by saying, “I gave you everything you have, and I can take it all away.”