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

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Teresa James faced a colossal mission: evacuate 1,500 military workers while moving thousands of trucks and tents off an American air base in central Iraq.

Working under occasional enemy fire, James orchestrated the move in 45 days — a task commanders called “Herculean,” awarding her the Bronze Star in 2010.

It was just one of many accolades James had received as an officer in the National Guard. Her performance reviews year after year had been stellar. One in 2001 called her “exceptionally exemplary.” Another said: “Promote now!”

But that all changed in 2012, when James reported being raped by a superior officer.

Suddenly her performance reviews went from glowing to subpar. One supervisor wrote that James had “communication difficulties” and “made some decisions which caused me to question her judgment.”

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