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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…


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,…


Kirstin’s Story: 

I was 19 years old when I woke up with one drill sergeant looking in on another drill sergeant who…


Anonymous Story: 

I had always been interested in joining the military and carrying forward a long family tradition of serving. I was…


Dana’s Story: 

When I was 19 years old, I was in the Army and stationed in South Korea. My job was clerical….


Ryan’s Story: 

I am currently a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force who was sexually assaulted in 2012 on a deployment….


Jessie’s Story: 

I would first like to start my story with a big Thank You to God for making me a survivor…


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…


Anonymous Story: 

**TRIGGER WARNING: this story contains some graphic details** The first time it happened, I had just left basic training for…


Lori’s Story: 

In 1977, I was the victim of attempted rape and murder in the Navy Barracks. I want to emphasize that…


Lauren’s Story: 

The first time I was violated in 2014, I was found passed out in my car at a stoplight. I…


Jason’s Story: 

I served in the Marine Corps from 2001 to 2003. My Gunny and Chief Warrant Officer would often find me…


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…


Hank’s Story: 

I joined the Navy, planning to make it my career. I loved all my training in the Navy and had…


Christina’s Story: 

My name is Christina and was raped while serving in the Army. Before that dreadful night in Kuwait, I was…


John’s Story: 

I was standing watch on a trident ballistic missile submarine (my 4th submarine where I reenlisted just before this happened)…


Mike’s Story: 

I enlisted at the naive age of 17 and completed basic training when I was still in high school. Our…


Aaron’s Story: 

The sexual assaults occurred twice in 1981 and 1982 when I was in my early thirties. There were three perpetrators,…


Anonymous Story: 

I entered boot camp in October of 2014, excited and thrilled to enlist. I come from a family of immigrants….


Tori’s Story: 

On May 11, 2014, I had a friend over to watch a movie and have a few drinks. As the…


John’s Story: 

I was at boot camp at Fort Jackson, SC. It was Sept. 6, 1980. I was on fireguard duty in…


Anonymous Story: 

I had a childhood dream of joining the Air Force. When I was in high school, I finally enlisted. I…


Anonymous Story: 

I was assaulted on base by a shipmate who preyed on me while I was very drunk. I had experienced…


Brandi’s Story: 

I joined the US Army in October 2008 and departed for basic training days after Christmas. I was beyond excited…


Levi’s Story: 

My name is Thomas. For the anonymity of those involved, ranks and locations have been changed. My family has a…


Anonymous Story: 

I served in the United States Navy from July 21, 1998 until July 20, 2002 at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico…


Jill’s Story: 

My name is Jill, and I am a survivor of military sexual assault. I was sexually assaulted by my squad…


Shannon’s Story: 

My name is Shannon and I kept my rape to myself for over 30 years. The thought that things haven’t…


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…


Sheri’s Story: 

I was an Air Force Reservist at Lackland Air Force Base on Title 10 orders to cross-train as security forces….


Katie’s Story: 

I was raped by a civilian while on active duty and I was inappropriately touched by another soldier in my…


Terrie’s Story: 

After a childhood of sexual abuse by my adoptive parents, I joined the Army at 19. I was raped while…


John’s Story: 

I was born in 1950 and grew up under the shadow of World War II. My father was in the…


Shwonda’s Story: 

I was from a small town and had been sheltered all my life. I grew up in a Pentecostal Holiness…


Heidi’s Story: 

I had recently arrived at March Air Force Base at the beginning of 1987 after Military Indoctrination for Medical Officers…


Anonymous Story: 

I was valedictorian of my high school, a lacrosse player and dancer. I was confident, courageous and optimistic about my…


Katie’s Story: 

I joined the Active Duty Army in September of 1993 to serve my country, earn money for college and make…


Anonymous Story: 

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


V’s Story: 

I grew up as the youngest in a very large and very religious family. I was taught to respect my…


Brandi’s Story: 

I joined the US Army in October 2008 and departed for basic training days after Christmas. I was beyond excited…


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…


Elizabeth’s Story: 

I joined the military in 1988 when I was 18 years old. I was sent for basic training and then…


Stephanie’s Story: 

In April 1988, I lived in the dorms at Jacksonville AFB in Arkansas. A male civilian on base raped me….


Preston’s Story: 

In July of 1979, Jeffrey Dahmer was sent to my unit HHC 2/68 Armor. From the beginning, Jeffrey was a…


Nicole’s Story: 

I joined the Army in 2008 as a prior enlisted Soldier. In April of 2009, less than a month after…


Anonymous Story: 

A male soldier at Dover AFB asked me to go to a movie with him one afternoon, and I accepted….


William’s Story: 

Recently, I sought treatment for the rapes I endured while serving in the United States Air Force at the age…


Hannah’s Story: 

As a child, seeing men and women in uniform, either in-person or on TV, I thought, “Wow, I want to…


Deborah’s Story: 

I will start by saying I loved serving in the military for almost two decades and had planned to remain…


Brandy’s Story: 

My story is a long one, but the short version is that I was sexually assaulted and sodomized by a…


Kathryn’s Story: 

My story is about several incidents. The first occurred after a command inspection while I was in school in Orlando. As…


Alan’s Story: 

I was assaulted many years ago, but the effects have always haunted me. I never knew where to turn for…


Anonymous Story: 

I went into the Army in 1984 as a married woman, although I was separated from my husband. I arrived…


Repunza’s Story: 

There are two major parts to my story. Right now, I want to share an experience that happened to me…


Brian’s Story: 

I went in the Navy right out of high school back in 1983.  In the first year, I went to…


Julie’s Story: 

I was raped four months into my Navy career. The command did nothing. I was called a liar. I was…


Ellen’s Story: 

My teenage son plans to apply for West Point, and it is my dream to help leave a legacy for…


Julia’s Story: 

I was medically discharged from the navy for fracturing my pubic bone and I developed chronic pain and was unresponsive…


Nicole’s Story: 

This is my story. I was attacked and sexually assaulted at my home and at work by a higher-ranking officer…


Anonymous’ Story: 

My rape happened when I and a male friend had duty (CQ) the same night which meant we were both…




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