These Stories From Military Rape Survivors Will Shock You

by
Fatimah Mazhar
August 04, 2014: Military sexual assault survivors share their traumas.

Rape Survivors

Rape or sexual violence in the United States military received much national attention after harrowing stories started emerging frequently in news reports last year.

The most shocking revelation came after Jeffrey Krusinski, chief of the Air Force’s Sexual-Assault Prevention and Response Program – a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel himself – was arrested and charged with sexual battery in northern Virginia.

The shocking incident sparked concerns regarding safety and security within the military. Krusinski was removed from his position by the Air Force following his arrest.

Subsequently, President Barack Obama called it a “profound injustice,” reaffirming his administration’s commitment to preventing sexual violence in America.

In March, the Senate passed a new bill toward initiating a far greater clampdown on sexual assault.

However, all the governmental and legislative developments have had little effect or consequence, according to military rape survivors on anonymous secret-sharing app Whisper.

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According to data obtained by veteran aid groups and reports from the Defense Department, female rape survivors are disproportionately diagnosed with psychiatric disorders and discharged at higher rates than men.

A survey of 1,200 service members who sought help since 2003 at the nonprofit Military Rape Crisis Center found 90 percent of victims who reported sex assaults were involuntarily discharged from the military.

Here are some disturbing confessions from Whisper from anonymous contributors:

At 19, I was raped in the Army and sexually harassed on a daily basis by men and women.  A female Sargeant told me not to tell.  I didn't.  To this day, I rarely admit I'm a soldier to avoid questions
I served in the Army for 6 years. When I went to Iraq I was shot at, raped, and went through a divorce. Freedom isn't free...it comes with a high price: PTSD.
Had an abortion while I was in the Army. A month later I was drugged and gang raped by fellow soldiers. The nightmares and anxiety are slowly killing me.
I was sexually assaulted in the military, diagnosed with PTSD, and now have to explain to my dad why I failed him and the army is chaptering me out..
I was sexually assaulted on deployment and nothing was done about it. It hurts me everyday that the "world's greatest navy" still denies what happened to me.
I reported it. I saw him every day for 2 months. At the Article 32 I was told that my character was in question and I wasn't drunk enough. He got promoted and away with it
For all you ladies that this you want a "military man" watch this. I'm a statistic, a victim, of sexual assault in the military. They aren't all good guys.
I was raped while in the army, my husbands cousin just called him today and told him she was raped. when is it going to stop? when will they do something about it?
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