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Story ID:8911
Written by:bobby o'neill mitchum (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Phenix City Alabama U.S.A.
Person:Women And Men of the U.S.Armed Services
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Consider this:
After the Soldier suffers through a rape,they must in most cases go back the next day and work with the perpetrator because it is their superior,a buddy or some one who sleeps in the next bunk,the Victim is scared,they dont dare tell what happened for fear of reprisal,redicule or a discharge,they begin to ask for different assignments away from the perpetrator,they might start to use alcohol more frequently or use drugs to alleviate the psychological pain,go on sick call more or become a desciplin problem.They can no longer trust their buddies to protect their back,they feel somehow different.They might at some point go to the company commander and try to tell what happened,sometimes this might work,but in most cases they are told to "get over it" or "buckle down" "man up" and in the worse case scenario they are sent to see a psychiatrist who decides that they have a "personality disorder" and then they are discharged with no way to get help,they feel wronged and violated by the very Country of which they served.Of course there have been advances,the Military and the Pentagon have tried to put in place a system where the victim can report the assault,it has not worked. there was a meeting the other day of the President and his Generals,it was a nice photo op for these people,but at that table there was not one victim of mst present in that photo.To me it seemed that the very people that SHOULD have been there were NOT there.So,you might ask,what can be done that has not been done? prosecute the perpetrators, take away their rank ,send them to jail where they belong.The U.S.Military and the U.S.Government should be held accountable,In Washington there are a number of Congressmen and Women who are advocating for the victims of mst,will they accomplish anything?unfortunately I dont think this will happen,what will happen is that it will be news worthy for a while and then fade away as these politicians face other scandles withing the Government and in their personel lives.
Bob Mitchum