ASKNOD forwarded a recent article from another member to me for comment. The article, by Jamie Goldberg, is entitled Military sexual assault victims’ PTSD claims are neglected, a House panel told.
After doing some research, I learned that there is an epidemic of rape and sexual assault taking place in every branch of military service. Few predators are punished. And to add insult to injury, victims have been labeled with “personality disorders,” terminated from the military and billed to repay their sign-up bonuses.
Groups like the Service Women’s Action Network are doing their part to help victims but men are also victims of military sexual trauma (MST).
A documentary called The Invisible War is raising awareness about these crimes. Thousands of indecent and violent assaults are bad enough but the callous treatment of victims by their superiors makes the official DOD position of zero tolerance for MST ring hollow.
Hundreds of cases reach the BVA each year (search term “rape”); you will find them very painful to read.
How is this permissible in institutions pledged to protect human civil rights and freedoms? It’s hard not to adopt a dystopian view of the future when reading about these violent crimes. Shedding light on wrongdoing helps our country. As Anne Frank said,
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Civilian resource: http://www.rainn.org/