Vanessa Guillen’s Killing Gives Way to Stories of Sexual Assault in the Military

October 17, 2020

The disappearance of 20-year-old soldier Vanessa Guillén began badly and ended horribly worse. She vanished on an April Sunday, in broad daylight, from Fort Hood, the third-largest Army base in the country. Her family would later say she spoke of being sexually harassed at the Texas installation, and of being afraid to report it. For as long as women have been legally admitted into the military, in the 1940s, discrimination, harassment and assault have haunted the armed services without relief.