Archive - May 25, 2011

Letter to NYTIMES from Barbara Ferris (Morocco 1980-82)

Letter to NYTIMES from Barbara Ferris (Morocco 1980-82)

Celebrating the Peace Corps Published: May 21, 2011 To the Editor: “Ex-Peace Corps Volunteers Speak Out on Rape” (news article, May 11) threatens to overshadow 50 years of service by Americans in some 140 countries around the world. It is true that sexual assaults happen to Peace Corps volunteers and women all around the world, and yes, we should all grieve over these terrible acts. It is also true that from time to time such tragedies may not be handled well by some agency staff as well as some host-country counterparts. But these facts belie a larger and more important truth. The Peace Corps has had more than 200,000 volunteers working in some of the most remote corners of the world safely and successfully. But even with rigorous training and responsible oversight, volunteers can never be completely immune from sexual assault and violent crime. And yet Peace Corps volunteers are . . .

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