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BriGette’s Story: 

I went into the military in the delayed entry program before I graduated high school. I decided fairly early in my senior year of high school that I was going into military service. By the time the recruiter came to my house to get the paper signed by my parents, my family had been working…

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Vanessa’s Story: 

Around the time Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was appealed, I was sexually assaulted by a Navy recruiter out of Alhambra, California. I do not know his name, but he had contacted me a few times on the phone before he decided to set up an appointment to meet me so I could take my pre-test…

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Anonymous Story: 

I had always been interested in joining the military and carrying forward a long family tradition of serving. I was only 20 years old and very naïve. I believed I would find an amazing adventure in the Navy, get to travel, and would be able to serve my country with pride. I once looked up…

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Ryan’s Story: 

I am currently a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force who was sexually assaulted in 2012 on a deployment. My troubles began when I was deployed to an undisclosed location in 2011. The team I deployed with in my prior Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) sort of knew about my orientation, despite me keeping…

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Jessie’s Story: 

I would first like to start my story with a big Thank You to God for making me a survivor and giving me the opportunity to share my story with the other survivors, the families and friends who just want to show their support or try to understand why tragedies like this occur in the…

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Wendy’s Story: 

Although I am considered a foreign wars veteran, I’ve never been in battle. I’ve never seen war or the terrible things that many soldiers have, but I suffer from PTSD. I am a victim and I am a survivor. My PTSD was caused by Military Sexual Trauma (MST), a VA term that I fear because…

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Lauren’s Story: 

The first time I was violated in 2014, I was found passed out in my car at a stoplight. I was taken to a hospital nearby and woke up hours later with no recollection of how I came to be there. I called my Leading Petty Officer (LPO) and told her what happened to me….

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Jason’s Story: 

I served in the Marine Corps from 2001 to 2003. My Gunny and Chief Warrant Officer would often find me to embarrass me in front of my peers. I was a big guy and had on-again, off-again issues with my weight. While in CAX in 29 Palms California, my uncle passed away and I was…

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N.N.T.’s Story: 

I served 20 years as a combat soldier and drill sergeant, with a stellar career in the regular Army. It wasn’t until I joined the Nebraska Reserves and fought against sexism, sexual harassment, and racism that my career was stalled by the “powers that be.” Before I arrived to Nebraska in 2008, there was an…

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Hank’s Story: 

I joined the Navy, planning to make it my career. I loved all my training in the Navy and had great grades in all of them. On Christmas day in 1977, I boarded my fast-attack submarine. A few days before we were going into port, the guys in my department started telling me that they…

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John’s Story: 

I was standing watch on a trident ballistic missile submarine (my 4th submarine where I reenlisted just before this happened) when the Engineering Laboratory Technician (ELT) walked up and snickered. This happened a couple of times and I finally asked what he was snickering at. He asked if I was gay. I said no. A…

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Mike’s Story: 

I enlisted at the naive age of 17 and completed basic training when I was still in high school. Our military had just defeated Iraq the year prior in Desert Storm, so we were blessed with a lot of good leaders before the Reduction in Force began later in the mid-90s. Later in 1999, I…

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Aaron’s Story: 

The sexual assaults occurred twice in 1981 and 1982 when I was in my early thirties. There were three perpetrators, older and higher in rank. One was an officer, a Captain in his forties, and the other two were enlisted E-7/9 and around the same age as the Captain. The assault happened overseas and they…

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Anonymous Story: 

I entered boot camp in October of 2014, excited and thrilled to enlist. I come from a family of immigrants. No one in my family had ever served in the military. In boot camp, Recruit Training Commanders (RDCs) are entrusted with teaching future sailors the necessary skills to enter military life. During processing days in…

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Tori’s Story: 

On May 11, 2014, I had a friend over to watch a movie and have a few drinks. As the night progressed, he invited a friend over. Later the friend I had invited over got sick so I told him to go to his room and sleep. His friend tried to stay. After being uncomfortable…

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John’s Story: 

I was at boot camp at Fort Jackson, SC. It was Sept. 6, 1980. I was on fireguard duty in the barracks. I was waking around inside and outside of the barracks while on duty. I was outside walking around when I was tackled to the ground from behind. I was about 120-130 lbs. and…

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Anonymous Story: 

I had a childhood dream of joining the Air Force. When I was in high school, I finally enlisted. I enlisted with the idea that I was joining another extended family and that they take care of their own. I had a little bit of difficulty adjusting to military life the first few months, but…

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Anonymous Story: 

I was assaulted on base by a shipmate who preyed on me while I was very drunk. I had experienced divorce and physical trauma (a broken jaw) in the year prior to my assault and, as a result, I was quite vulnerable. I transferred out of that base shortly after and the next year, I…

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Brandi’s Story: 

I joined the US Army in October 2008 and departed for basic training days after Christmas. I was beyond excited about starting my life. I was a military police officer and left Minnesota for Ft. Bliss, Texas where I was assigned to my first company. I was with the unit for about six months when…

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Levi’s Story: 

My name is Thomas. For the anonymity of those involved, ranks and locations have been changed. My family has a history, going back decades, of serving in the Armed Forces in the United States and it had always been a huge honor to do so. I remember going on a family trip to Washington D.C….

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Anonymous Story: 

I served in the United States Navy from July 21, 1998 until July 20, 2002 at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico and Vieques, Puerto Rico during Eastern Access active bomb field operations. In May 2003, I was a victim of assault when someone broke into my apartment. I suffered foot, spinal, and brain injuries as a…

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Jill’s Story: 

My name is Jill, and I am a survivor of military sexual assault. I was sexually assaulted by my squad leader in June of 2000. I was traveling in an advanced party for annual training, in which I was the only female. We were stuck in Chicago because of weather, and we stayed at a…

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Shannon’s Story: 

My name is Shannon and I kept my rape to myself for over 30 years. The thought that things haven’t come very far in over three decades is truly a sad statement. Unfortunately, when I entered the army it was the beginning of a brand new era for women in the armed service. We were…

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Gigi’s Story: 

I was raped after being drugged at a small get-together for our supervisor’s birthday. Six people were there altogether. They laced the pizza with pot. I had no idea it was laced until I had a severe allergic reaction to eating it. I took allergy medicine and fell asleep on the top bunk, fully dressed…

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Sheri’s Story: 

I was an Air Force Reservist at Lackland Air Force Base on Title 10 orders to cross-train as security forces. My assailant and several others invited me out to a club. I agreed because we were having BBQs and such for a couple of days, and I figured that as long as I went with…

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Katie’s Story: 

I was raped by a civilian while on active duty and I was inappropriately touched by another soldier in my unit. When I reported it, the military did nothing but remove the soldier from my unit. He was still stationed at Ft. Lee with the other female veteran that he assaulted and me. My 1st…

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Terrie’s Story: 

After a childhood of sexual abuse by my adoptive parents, I joined the Army at 19. I was raped while stationed in Germany and had several severe MST experiences that are now the subject of Facebook conversations of the male medics I served with. I also have a tough time going to the VA. I…

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John’s Story: 

I was born in 1950 and grew up under the shadow of World War II. My father was in the United States Coast Guard and served in the Pacific Theater. He made landings in Luzon and Mindanao, both in the Philippines when the United States re-took the island from the Japanese. At five years old,…

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Shwonda’s Story: 

I was from a small town and had been sheltered all my life. I grew up in a Pentecostal Holiness Church where things were very strict. I was not allowed to date or go to my prom. I joined the Army under the Delayed Entry Program the summer of my Junior year of high school….

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Anonymous Story: 

I was valedictorian of my high school, a lacrosse player and dancer. I was confident, courageous and optimistic about my future and had the honor of an appointment at the US Naval Academy. My time there ravaged my self-esteem, violated my body and destroyed my mind. I quit after 1 1/2 years, realizing that failure…

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Katie’s Story: 

I joined the Active Duty Army in September of 1993 to serve my country, earn money for college and make a career out of being a soldier. I was 17. Six months after joining, I was given my first set of orders and I was headed to Germany. I ended up in a small unit…

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Anonymous Story: 

“I have been assaulted twice in my career. Once in 2003 and once in 2011…”


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V’s Story: 

I grew up as the youngest in a very large and very religious family. I was taught to respect my elders and do what they told or asked me to do. I had very little sexual experience. I had been raped two years before and became pregnant from that rape; I lost the baby. I…

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Brandi’s Story: 

I joined the US Army in October 2008 and departed for basic training days after Christmas. I was beyond excited about starting my life. I was a military police officer and left Minnesota for Ft. Bliss, Texas where I was assigned to my first company. I was with the unit for about six months when…

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Olga’s Story: 

I am a 42-year-old mother, wife, and grandmother. I joined the United States Air Force in June 1988.  I was so happy and ready to join the good guys, to be part of the team that keeps others safe. Little did I know that the guys that I needed to fight stood right beside me….

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Elizabeth’s Story: 

I joined the military in 1988 when I was 18 years old. I was sent for basic training and then on to AIT. After AIT, I received my orders for Korea. When I reported to Korea, I found out that I was up north at Camp Hovey / Camp Casey and I was the only…

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Stephanie’s Story: 

In April 1988, I lived in the dorms at Jacksonville AFB in Arkansas. A male civilian on base raped me. While in the base hospital, he was found on base and told to get off the facility. OSI would not do anything about my rape, therefore I went off base to the civilian authorities and…

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Preston’s Story: 

In July of 1979, Jeffrey Dahmer was sent to my unit HHC 2/68 Armor. From the beginning, Jeffrey was a very racist individual. He was in his room in the barracks drinking Beefeaters gin and using racist epithets.  He often talked about how his father taught him that he was better than everybody else. On…

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Nicole’s Story: 

I joined the Army in 2008 as a prior enlisted Soldier. In April of 2009, less than a month after I had arrived to my unit, I was raped by my neighbor’s husband, an SSG. My neighbor had invited me to a “girl’s night out” and I accepted. However, when I opened the door to…

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Anonymous Story: 

A male soldier at Dover AFB asked me to go to a movie with him one afternoon, and I accepted. He was driving a car and veered off into a cornfield. He started acting mean, cruel, and tough unlike how he was before driving into the cornfield. He told me that he had an ax…

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William’s Story: 

Recently, I sought treatment for the rapes I endured while serving in the United States Air Force at the age of 17. For over 40 years, I lived in a “black box”, where life, as most people enjoy it, was not possible. Those around me, significant others, friends, family, and colleagues did not understand my…

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Hannah’s Story: 

As a child, seeing men and women in uniform, either in-person or on TV, I thought, “Wow, I want to grow up and be just like them.” Thoughts that came to mind were about how strong and brave they were, and how much you looked up to them for protecting you. They were real-life superheroes….

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Deborah’s Story: 

I will start by saying I loved serving in the military for almost two decades and had planned to remain past my retirement year of 2008. My problems began prior to my 2006 sexual assault by my Battalion Command Sergeant Major (CSM). My military life as I knew it changed as soon as my CSM…

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Brandy’s Story: 

My story is a long one, but the short version is that I was sexually assaulted and sodomized by a 2nd class petty officer at a party at one of our instructor’s homes. I reported my assault and NCIS did an investigation. After a long investigation, Article 32 hearing and then finally a court-martial, my…

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Kathryn’s Story: 

My story is about several incidents. The first occurred after a command inspection while I was in school in Orlando. As the Squad Leader, I asked a member of my squad to act as a recorder. We followed the Petty Officer who was acting Master at Arms as he evaluated each member of the squad. The…

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Alan’s Story: 

I was assaulted many years ago, but the effects have always haunted me. I never knew where to turn for help and my life has been adversely affected ever since, and I just wanted someone to hear my story. I was sexually assaulted aboard ship by a shipmate, who, at the time, was a very…

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Anonymous Story: 

I went into the Army in 1984 as a married woman, although I was separated from my husband. I arrived at Fort Rucker, Alabama for A.I.T. to become an air traffic controller. There was a group of us soldiers that went to a lake by the base one day to have a BBQ. There was…

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Repunza’s Story: 

There are two major parts to my story. Right now, I want to share an experience that happened to me at the Department of Veterans Affairs. I am currently 100% Disability and in 2007, I was sent for a C&P (compensation and pension) exam at the DVA in Atlanta. I was particularly nervous about this…

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Brian’s Story: 

I went in the Navy right out of high school back in 1983.  In the first year, I went to boot camp and various schools for training.  I was very proud and I couldn’t wait until I got stationed on a submarine.  I had watched all the old war movies about being on a submarine…

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Julie’s Story: 

I was raped four months into my Navy career. The command did nothing. I was called a liar. I was administratively discharged. Last year, I was contacted by email from the rapist. NCIS opened an investigation but then they started digging into my past and wanted me to sign a release to get the records…

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Ellen’s Story: 

My teenage son plans to apply for West Point, and it is my dream to help leave a legacy for him, including a fair and safe military. As he and I have discussed his goals, I’ve come to realize that I should tell my story to prevent what happened to me in 1989, during my…

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Julia’s Story: 

I was medically discharged from the navy for fracturing my pubic bone and I developed chronic pain and was unresponsive to physical therapy. When I got through the barriers to VA medical care in San Antonio . I was raped and then exploited by a now-retired doctor. I did the memory blocking typical to PTSD…

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Nicole’s Story: 

This is my story. I was attacked and sexually assaulted at my home and at work by a higher-ranking officer who wanted to control me. From the time my attacks happened back in 2008 until now I have been re-victimized over and over. Often, as a woman—especially as a minority woman who is an officer—we…

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Anonymous’ Story: 

My rape happened when I and a male friend had duty (CQ) the same night which meant we were both off work the next day. He had an apartment off the water and we both thought it would be cool to hang out together. I was not attracted to this guy, we have never been…

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