National Guard members who reported sexual assault faced retaliation | USA TODAY

The National Guard welcomes and promotes women until they report a sexual assault.

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The National Guard answers to the governor in each of its states but effectively polices itself. The bureaucracy is so impenetrable, The Capital Times and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, part of the USA TODAY Network, investigation found, that commanders can use it as a weapon against victims and whistleblowers.

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