From the New York Times: “The Untold Story of Military Sexual Assault.”
I’ll leave out his description of the gang rape itself. You can follow the link and read the whole column if you want.
According to the Department of Defense’s Military Sexual Assault Report for 2012, an estimated 26,000 members of the United States military, both men and women, were sexually assaulted in that year. The Pentagon survey almost certainly underreports the scale of the issue. Of those sexual assaults, 53 percent (approximately 14,000 in 2012) were attacks on men. A vast majority of perpetrators are men who identify themselves as heterosexual.
These facts are horrifying enough, but when institutions like the military, closed systems that lack oversight, do not validate the experience of the rape survivor, the perpetrators get to continue their criminal behavior without consequence.
I kept my secret for 30 years. I never told.
Sexual assault, whether in the military or in civilian life, is solely about the abuse of power, about control and domination. The lasting scars it leaves are psychic. I suffered from depression; my personal relationships were troubled and always failed. I made several suicide attempts; finally, after my last, I wound up in front of a seasoned social worker at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Northport, N.Y.
It took me awhile, but I embarked on the journey of sharing my story with other male and female survivors of military sexual trauma — or M.S.T., as the V.A. calls rape and other forms of sexual abuse and harassment — as a way to help myself.
Keeping my secret made me suicidal. I am lucky to be alive. Right now, according to V.A. estimates, 22 veterans a day take their own lives. The natural assumption is that these are combat-stress-related, but recent research has found that war zone deployment has little or no influence on suicide rates. We need to consider whether this tragic epidemic has other causes, nothing to do with combat missions. A study of airmen published earlier this year found that rape victims were six times more likely to think about suicide.
Here’s a solution—it’s an old one—and with modern DNA abilities, the application should be somewhat easier and more certainly just: Where the evidence is clear, execute rapists. Quickly. Publicly.
Looking from a different angle, however, this is the expected result of applying politically-correct nonsense within the military. There was a day when the military existed solely to protect the United States. Now, it’s a grand, social experiment in all sorts of Liberal insanity.
Welcome to the Progressive “utopia.”