Published — Friday 7 November 2003
Last Update 7 November 2003 3:00 am
NEW YORK, 7 November 2003 — The authorized biography of former prisoner of war Pfc. Jessica Lynch reportedly says she was raped by her Iraqi captors.
“I am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story” is being released by Knopf publishing Tuesday, which is Veterans Day. Reporter Rick Bragg, who wrote the book, tells Lynch’s story. Medical records cited in the book indicate that she was raped, the Daily News of New York said. Officials have said she has no memory of her ordeal.
“Jessi lost three hours. She lost them in the snapping bones, in the crash of the Humvee, in the torment her enemies inflicted on her after she was pulled from it,” writes Bragg, according to a report in yesterday’s Daily News, which obtained a copy of the book.
“The records do not tell whether her captors assaulted her almost lifeless, broken body after she was lifted from the wreckage, or if they assaulted her and then broke her bones into splinters until she was almost dead,” Bragg continues.
Separately, ABC’s “Good Morning America” host Diane Sawyer confirmed yesterday on the air that the book says Lynch was raped.
“The book does indeed cite some intelligence reports that she was treated brutally and a medical record that says, in the book, that she was a victim of a sodomizing rape,” Sawyer said.
“I talked to both her and her parents about this, asked them about the decision to put it in the book, and they told me it was a decision to tell the reality, not selective parts of a story of going to war,” Sawyer said.
Sawyer’s interview with Lynch will air Tuesday in a special edition of ABC’s “Primetime.”
Sawyer also addressed reports that Lynch’s book casts doubt on the claim of an Iraqi lawyer, Muhammad Al-Rehaief, that he helped US Marines rescue Lynch.
“She says that he may indeed have helped her,” Sawyer said. “If he did, she’s grateful, but she simply does not remember him and she remembers most everybody that she spent time with during her hospital captivity.”