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10/06/2009 12:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Navy Report Ignores Sailor's Suicide

A Youth Radio investigation finds that the U.S. Navy's report on hazing in its Bahrain Canine Unit omitted the suicide of the unit's leading Petty Officer, who feared she had become the scapegoat for widespread abuse.

On January 16, 2007, Petty Officer Jennifer Valdivia was found dead in a small room in her Bahrain home. The U.S. Navy, which maintains a major base on the island in the Persian Gulf, classified her death as a non-combat related incident. A Navy autopsy later confirmed that 27 year-old Valdivia committed suicide.

Read the whole story at Youth Radio.

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