The cover story in last week’s New York Times magazine was titled The Women’s War. Its subject was women who return from Iraq suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; its theme was that both combat and sexual assault–incidence of which, the author suggests, is likely to be elevated in a combat zone–cause great and sometimes disabling stress for women.
The cover story, by Sara Corbett, was based mostly on interviews with five or six female Iraq veterans who are undergoing or have undergone treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Just one problem: it turns out that one of them never set foot in Iraq. From today’s Corrections section:
The cover article in The Times Magazine on March 18 reported on women who served in Iraq, the sexual abuse that some of them endured and the struggle for all of them to reclaim their prewar lives. One of the servicewomen, Amorita Randall, a former naval construction worker, told The Times that she was in combat in Iraq in 2004 and that in one incident an explosive device blew up a Humvee she was riding in, killing the driver and leaving her with a brain injury. She also said she was raped twice while she was in the Navy.
On March 6, three days before the article went to press, a Times researcher contacted the Navy to confirm Ms. Randall