A new report from the Pentagon's Inspector General puts the severity of military sexual assault in a new context: It's more likely to result in post-traumatic stress disorder than going into combat.

According to the IG's report released on Monday — Top DoD Management Challenges - Fiscal Year 2020 — 45% of women and 65% of men who reported being raped met criteria for PTSD, compared to 38.8% of men who had PTSD from experiencing combat.

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Koby E. Thrasher (Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office)

A Lewiston man serving in the U.S. Navy was charged with rape in Nez Perce County 2nd District Court on Thursday.

According to a probable cause affidavit, a woman alleged Koby E. Thrasher, 22, of Lewiston, raped her after she invited him to her home on Oct. 6 of last year. The woman's name was redacted in court documents, and it's the policy of the Lewiston Tribune not to identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

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Col. Daniel H. Wilson prepares to fire an M590 shotgun May 24 in the Central Training Area during a friendly marksmanship competition on May 22, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Adam B. Miller)

Editor's Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Marine Col. Daniel Wilson was sentenced to 66 months behind bars in September 2017 after being convicted of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl. But today he's out of the brig, thanks to a rare military appellate provision invoked to overturn his conviction.

And the family of the alleged victim is calling on Congress to do something about it.

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Then-Marine Corps Cpl. Nixon Keago during a U.S. Armed Forces training scrimmage Sept. 28, 2015, in Goesan, Korea. (U.S. Marine Corps/Gary Sheftick)

A Naval Academy midshipman is charged with breaking into the sleeping quarters of three female midshipmen and sexually assaulting or attempting to sexually assault them on four occasions, according to charging documents.

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Eleven men have been assaulted near bars in Wilmington, North Carolina, prompting police to warn those who go out drinking late at night.

The men, including seven members of the military, were attacked in downtown Wilmington in eastern North Carolina around the time bars closed for the night, the city's police department said Wednesday in a Facebook post.

"Police have now identified four victims who may have been sexually assaulted," officials say.

The attacked servicemen were in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, WITN reports.

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Claire Poole (Monson Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A U.S. Navy veteran who survived the 2000 terror attack on the USS Cole in Yemen was sentenced Thursday to more than 10 years in federal prison for offering up a minor to a 71-year-old man for sex in 2017.

Claire Poole, 40, of Ware was charged in 2017 along with Walter Brown, of Monson. Poole, whose original mugshot showed a rough-looking woman with blonde cornrows and a neutral expression, looked pale, small and lost in a federal courtroom.

U.S. District Court Mark Mastroianni delivered the sentence after Poole struck a plea agreement with prosecutors that spared her a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence for more serious charges including child exploitation and pornography.

She declined to address the judge, but her court-appointed attorney David P. Hoose said in a presentencing memo that Poole had herself been abused by men most of her life, then joined the military when she was just a teen after working in a factory following high school.

Hoose said she was raped by a superior officer and sexually harassed by her fellow sailors while at sea for weeks on a submarine. She also was among 300 sailors who were victims of the Al Qaeda suicide bomber attack on the USS Cole, a missile destroyer refueling in a port city in Yemen. Seventeen sailors were killed and the balance of them were forced to keep the ship afloat for more than two weeks in brutal temperatures and alongside dead comrades before they were rescued.

"Claire's been circling the drain since she left the Cole and she won't admit it," Hoose told Mastroianni, relaying a quote from Poole's mother.

Poole shuttled a girl between trailer parks in Ware and Monson, where Brown, a.k.a. "Brownie," would pay the girl hundreds of dollars for sex. The woman also took nude pictures and video of herself for Brown for money, but more often asked him to get paid for painting work or odd jobs around his home.

The Republican is withholding further details about the victim to protect her identity.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Grant said that while he doesn't consider Poole a threat to society or at risk of committing similar acts after she is released from prison, her behavioral was intolerable.

"This is about sending a message to society at large ... that this behavior is completely unacceptable," Grant said.

Poole must register as a sex offender and will be on supervised for probation after her release from prison.

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