AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

2018: Finalist, Firecracker Awards for the novel Wolf Season. 

2015:  U.K. Liberty Human Rights Arts Award finalist for the play, “The Lonely Soldier Monologues." 

2013Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism for the book The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. 

2013: Benedict named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews, who deemed her a "A Listener to the Silenced." 

2012: The Invisible War documentary inspired by Benedict's work was nominated for an Academy Award

2010: The Lonely Soldier inspired the lawsuit Cioca vs. Rumsfeld, wherein 27 soldiers brought a case against the Pentagon for harboring a culture of sexual violence in the military.

2010: EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award) from the National Women's Political Caucus for the book The Lonely Soldier and the Ms. Magazine article, "The Scandal of Military Rape." 

2010: Ken Book Award (from NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illnesses) for The Lonely Soldier. 

2007The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for the Salon article, "The Private War of Women Soldiers." 

Benedict's 1993 book, Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes, is widely taught in journalism and law schools and has helped to change the way several newspapers cover sexual assault, while her 1994 book, Recovery: How to Survive Sexual Assault, is used by rape crisis centers around the country. She has testified twice to Congress as an expert on sexual assault in the military.