I joined the National Guard in 2015 because I needed the money for school. I worked a bit after high school but were not able to save enough to go to college. When a recruiter met with me and told me that I was able to go to school and "only had to commit to … Continue reading Racism, rape in the Arizona National Guard
Over the past several years, in response to public pressure, the US military has made a concerted effort to improve how it handles sexual assault cases. Many of the reforms have provided important additional resources and protections for service members who are sexually assaulted while in service. Other policy changes have made it more difficult … Continue reading Lack of Recourse for Wrongfully Discharged US Military Rape Survivors
I’ve only been in the army less than a year at the time, when my company was set to deploy to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I was so excited to be going on my first deployment. It was July, and we had been there a month, and I had decided to volunteer at a local thrift … Continue reading Raped while on deployment in Guantanamo Bay.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon misled Congress by using inaccurate or vague information about sexual assault cases to blunt support for a Senate bill that would make a major change in how the military handles allegations of sexual misconduct, an Associated Press investigation found. Internal government records that summarized the outcomes of dozens of cases … Continue reading Pentagon misled lawmakers on military sexual assault cases
Anonymous, United States Army I joined the Army as a bright-eyed and innocent 17-year-old in 2004. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and my desire to become a Blackhawk Crew Chief controlled most of my choices during my ten-year career in the Army. Basic and AIT went pretty smoothly, I found most of … Continue reading Drugged and Raped in Germany
I joined at a young age but was sure the Coast Guard was where I wanted to be. They shipped me across the country away from family to a remote area with no support. I began to receive sexual harassment from my co-workers at my unit. After filing a harassment complaint about rumors spreading about my sexual life, … Continue reading Raped and still paying for it
Chad, United States Army Shortly after switching from Reserve to Active Duty, I was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. My unit was sent to the field within days of my arrival. My first night in the field with my unit I was brutally hazed by a group of my peers. As the assault … Continue reading Years of abuse
I am one of the lucky ones. I left for Basic Training at Lackland AFB in November a couple years back. I was older, 23 when I went, so already felt I had the leg up. I still try to put it behind me, act like it didn't happen, so I can move on. No … Continue reading Male recruit raped at Basic Training