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Military A documenrary I watched - MST

ShawnaB

Policy Enforcement
Watched a documentary finally a couple weeks ago,The Invisable War which is about rape,sexual assault and sexual harrassment in the military nothing done about covered up.I teared up at times hearing the same stories about female veterans being sexually assaulted and raped while in the military.These shown,were reported and nothing done about it.I knew I was not alone although justice was done with mine.My husband was beside me watching it with me,he was outraged this is happening.I agreed with him,said I was treated like a piece of meat and said I did not deserve to be sexually assaulted and raped.This is it
 
Yep.
Been there.

I've found that being here helps because even those that aren't military understand what I'm going thru.

Another thing that has really helped me is going to retreats with other female veterans and hearing their stories. It makes me remember it's not just me and it shows me that there are good people out there who truly want to help me recover.
 
Luckily my husband has been there for support.I have two friends I served with,one is from Indiana and other is from Ohio whom were also sexually assaulted and raped by them too.They both have watched it too
 
When I was in we were told in bootcamp that four out of five WMs would be raped their first year, and most of the rest would get mopped up sometime in their first tour.

Found those numbers to be pretty accurate.

Reporting was only something to do if you felt like getting gang raped & assaulted a whole helluva lot until you learned to STFU, NJP’d for any damage done to you (or a big chicken dinner if your rapist was inconsiderate enough to rape you during work hours and you were missed, if you fought back and injured them, or they outranked you and gave you a direct order), and torpedoing your career. Or rather, what might could have been your career.

The one upside to it being so prevalent is that every base I was stationed at had breakfast table at chow wih vodka in your orange juice, a handful of necessary meds, the numbers to a couple/few friendly medics/surgeons if you needed stitching up, and people to kick it / be normal with. Didn’t realize until years later how much that table cut the balls off guilt/shame self loathing & self blame. No going solo, no waiting, right then & there immediate support.
 
Thank you so much for posting this. I've just watched it and although I found it really really tough (not helping that I'm deployed at the mo in the same place where I was raped) I found it such a relief to know that I'm not the only one and to put some faces to the numbers - because even though I knew that there are lots of us, just knowing numbers doesn't seem to mean anything. I can't tell you how much it meant to hear someone else say everything I've felt and to listen to Cori and her husband talk about the same stuff that I've felt and not been able to talk about because I'm trying to protect my husband and not cause him pain.
 
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