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I Am a Soldier, Too, the upcoming autobiography of Jessica Lynch, reveals that the young solider was treated brutally during her time in captivity.
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Jessica Lynch Book Reveals Brutal Details of Her Capture and Captivity

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Nov. 6 Jessica Lynch, the former Army private who was captured in Iraq, rescued in a daring nighttime operation and returned home to a hero's welcome, was brutally assaulted, according to her soon-to-be-released authorized biography.


The book cites intelligence reports that indicate Lynch was treated brutally and says medical records confirm she was anally penetrated. However, the book says she has no memory of the event.

Lynch and her parents reveal the details of her experiences as a prisoner of war in an interview with ABCNEWS' Diane Sawyer that will air on a special edition of Primetime, Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

In the interview, Lynch's parents say they decided to include painful details in the book because they wanted it to reflect what really happened. They told Sawyer that they chose not to tell only selective parts of the young woman's story.

Sawyer has said that the chronicle of Lynch's injuries in I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story, which is authored by journalist Rick Bragg, is likely to surprise people.

The book reveals details about Lynch's shattered leg and foot, which has no feeling, and keeps her from walking on her own. It also looks at how the young woman's spinal injuries shut down her bladder and bowel functions.

But the injuries are not as debilitating as first thought. Lynch reveals that she once believed the injuries to her arm and head might leave her paralyzed for life.

The book says some Iraqi doctors said Lynch was virtually dead and it reveals how the young former soldier willed herself into staying alive.

Lynch still has no feeling in her left foot and takes 18 pills for the pain, which often keeps her awake at night.

The 20-year-old said she did remember the ambush of her company before she was captured March 23.

The former soldier told Sawyer that her rifle jammed, and she put her head in her hands and prayed to God for help.

Lynch has said that she believes the heroes are the people who rescued her, those who were in the ambush alongside her and the soldiers who are still in Iraq today. The upcoming book also contains information about Mohammed al-Rahaief, the Iraqi lawyer who sold his own book and said he was central to Lynch's rescue. Lynch says he may have helped, but she has few memories of her time in captivity and doesn't remember him.

Lynch's ordeal began earlier this year when she was shipped to Kuwait as part of the Army's 507th Maintenance Company. She was captured March 23 after her convoy was ambushed in Nasiriyah, a city in the southern part of Iraq. U.S. forces rescued her from an Iraqi hospital on April 1.

Lynch has spoken publicly only once in the seven months since her rescuse. When the one-time prisoner of war returned from a military hospital to a warm homecoming in Palestine, W.Va., she publicly thanked Army Sgt. Ruben Contreras for his support.

Contreras and Lynch are planning a June wedding and the bride-to-be undergoes two hours of physical therapy every day because she is determined to walk down the aisle she hopes without crutches.

In her interview with Sawyer, which coincides with the release of I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story, Lynch discusses the dramatic events that led to her capture, the debilitating injuries she sustained and the difficult process of physical rehabilitation.

Lynch also speaks frankly about how her story was portrayed by the military.

The young woman's family also shares the emotions they experienced while waiting to learn of Lynch's fate, as she was held captive so far away.

Watch the exclusive interview on a special edition of Primetime, on Nov. 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET.  



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