Rape in the Navy

Anonymous, United States Navy

I am a Navy Veteran. I was raped in 1994 at the age of 20 by my roommates boyfriend. She gave him the key to our room and he came in while I was sleeping and raped me. I pressed charges even though I received numerous threats on my life for prosecuting the the man that raped me. He received 8 years and a dishonorable discharge. I have struggled to maintain somewhat of a normal life. I attempted suicide and ended up in a coma. I have also had 2 nervous breakdowns. It breaks my heart to see so many women go through what I went through so many years ago. I to this day have nightmares about my attack. I pray so much because I have isses with trusting anyone considering the military didnt protect me from someone that should never been in the service because he was a rapist. I think everyone that enlists should be given a phych eval and maybe alot of these rape issues can be avoided. I will never forget what happened to me and my heart goes out to all that has suffered the trauma that I had to go through as well as struggled to want to live.

7 comments

  1. My heart goes out to you. It happened to me too. You have 1 of the few cases I have ever heard of where rapist got serious jail time, not that it made your pain easier. We have a growing group of women on Facebook who have all been through it. You are welcome. Friend me if you’d like & I will notify the others. Stay well. We care. Mary Kelley Richard

  2. Dear Anon and MKR,
    Thank you for sharing here. I am glad that the guy got jail time. My rapist still gets a paycheck. We have a great mountain ahead of us but our stories are part of our healing.

    I am glad that you are OK as well. I am also a suicide survivor as a result of the rapes that I endured.

    Both of you, friend me too.

    -Jen USN

  3. Thank you for your courage to speak. I am retired from the U.S. Coast Guard. I am also a survivor diagnosed with PtSD and MST. It is a blessing to communicate with other survivors on facebook. God Bless and Peace!

  4. I too was in the Navy and raped by a fellow shipmates boyfriend friend. The shipmate took me to the hospital, and then had the nerve to not try to help and give all the persons info, because she was married and fooling around. I was also tdy for school, and had to drive back to my home.

    In my case, two NCIS investigators were reassigned for negligence. I was sent to captains mast. I lost a 15 yr career. I was not believed.

    The rapist got a letter of reprimand from his commandant.

    I am happy your rapist got jail time and received a dishonorable discharge.

    Keep the faith. I can relate in how you feel. If you need to talk or a friend, I am here. Plus I have facebook too.

  5. my niece was raped. just found out and although i dont have have all the info, from what i am told, the guy got off because they said my niece was female. she is also a lesbian. does anyone out there know how to push for an investigation?
    she is not doing well and i want to do what i can to help, so any help would be greatly appreciated.
    thank you
    stellular_robots@yahoo.com

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