GQ Mag – “Son, Men Don’t Get Raped”

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Being a former service member, I was drawn to this article. I’m always intrigued by the light shed on different areas of our government or “departments” of our society. Americans look at the military as a force that protects our population, but who’s protecting our protectors?

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This article spoke to and about different men and women (mostly men) in our uniformed services and some of the physical and emotional abuse they’ve endured.

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One of our soldiers, Trent Smith of the U.S. Air Force, spoke on his experience.

He was a senior aide – he had a direct line to the top. Being invited over…I took it as I should go. I didn’t want to cross him. I really didn’t feel like I had any choice

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It sickens me that high ranking officials would use their power to take advantage of the “fresh starters”. I have had my own run ins with officials who think they can get over on you because you’re lower on the totem pole. I handled those situations….accordingly. My mom always told me, “If you dont STAND for something, you’ll fall for ANYTHING”. Those words never rang more true than times I felt pressured to do things I did not want to. What’s more is that when these soldiers would attempt to shed light, no one would believe them. Often telling a victim “Men don’t get raped” or “I’m sure it didn’t happen the way you’re putting it”. Oh it didn’t? So I just sat back while 3 men tied me up and took turns riding my pony while a black bag was over my head and they beat me up. Yeah, It didn’t happen like that.

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Who do we turn to when we can’t even trust our own miitary forces to uphold dignity?

Head over to GQ.com for more of the story.

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