When Pvt. Jessica Lynch signed a book deal to describe her eight-day ordeal in March as a prisoner of war in Iraq, it wasn’t clear what the book would have to say, since reports said she had little memory of her trauma. As it turns out, it may be a blessing that she can’t remember, given the book’s most explosive revelation: that she was raped by her captors.
”The New York Daily News,” which obtained a copy of “I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story” (ghostwritten for Lynch by Rick Bragg), quoted the book as saying that Lynch didn’t remember being violated after her capture, but evidence from her medical records indicate that she was sodomized. ”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,” the ”Daily News” quotes Bragg as writing.
The book isn’t due in stores until Nov. 11, which is Veterans Day, but Lynch family spokesman Stephen Goodwin confirmed the report, telling the Associated Press: ”The book does cover the subject. It’s a very difficult subject.” He added: ”It’s important to tell the story and let it be known, but she’s not going to talk about it any more.”
Lynch will discuss her captivity, however, in an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s ”Primetime” on Tuesday, the day the book is published. According to ABC News, the 20-year-old Lynch discusses with Sawyer the ambush that led to her capture, the injuries she sustained, her ongoing physical rehabilitation (she still has no feeling in her left foot and is taking 18 pills a day to ease her pain), and the way the military has spun her story. Meanwhile, NBC has its own Lynch TV special coming up, Sunday’s made-for-TV movie ”Saving Jessica Lynch,” in which, according to early reviews, her Iraqi captors are portrayed as doing nothing worse to her than striking her once while she’s bedridden.