June 17th, 2013
11:37 PM ET

Female midshipman says Naval Academy classmates raped her

In a new development in an alleged sexual assault case at the U.S. Naval Academy, a Navy official tells CNN that the school's Superintendent, Vice Admiral Michael Miller, has ordered an Article 32 proceeding. Evidence will be presented at a hearing to a military legal officer who will determine if a court-martial is warranted.

A female midshipman claims three football players at the school raped her at an off-campus party in 2012 while she was heavily intoxicated. The woman, who was 20 at the time, chose not to be examined with a rape kit and didn't report the alleged crimes to authorities for eight months because she feared the backlash could turn violent. She was terrified of coming forward because, she says, she saw how other victims were treated.


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June 6th, 2013
11:51 PM ET

Exclusive: Transgender former SEAL tells her story

Watch Part II of  Anderson Cooper's interview with Kristin Beck:

After years spent fighting in some of the world's worst wars, former U.S. Navy SEAL Kristin Beck says she knows what she wants.

"I want to have my life," she told CNN's "AC360" in an exclusive Thursday night.

"I fought for 20 years for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I want some happiness."

Beck recently came out as transgender.

She wrote about the experience in a book, "Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL's Journey to Coming out Transgender."


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June 6th, 2013
07:03 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Transgender former Navy SEAL speaks out

Christopher Beck served as a U.S. Navy SEAL in some of the most dangerous battlegrounds in the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan. During his time in the elite unite, he earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and other medals and commendations.

But for 20 years while Beck was fighting for his country, he was also fighting an inner battle over his identity. He wanted to live his life as a woman.

After retiring in 2011, Beck did just that. Chris Beck is now Kristin Beck.

Beck's journey has not been easy. She had no role models to show her the way. She worried she wouldn't be accepted after she began dressing and living like a woman.


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