reply to post by ModernAcademia
First time commentator, but your post really struck home.
This isn’t just a Military thing. The stigma of rape is often buried. There are way too many variations that the victim often uses to help cover it
up, when in reality, they are helping the perp get away with his/her crime.
As a guy, believe it or not, I can associate with it. Multiple scenarios which I wish I never experienced. I have retired from the service and have
pretty much been in the Military my whole life. (Born in a Military hospital to a lifer Father, then joined myself) I will give you three examples
from my life’s experiences. These took place back in the 80’s. (But I have many more during the following decades)
One: I was friends for about a year with a female Soldier who was not in my Chain of Command (I don’t poo on my kitchen table) I started caring
about her as more than a friend and erroneously thought that maybe she felt the same way about me. I went kiss her one night, just a peck and she went
frigid and said, “Nu, nu, nu NO! Get away from me! Gotta say, that freaked me out. She later came to me and said the five words all guys hate. “I
just want to be friends”. But I’m cool with that. Honesty is the best policy after all. She later confessed that she has been a multiple rape
victim, but refused to testify, afraid of ruining her career. She never came forward to the best of my knowledge as we lost contact with each other
over the years.
Two: I was brought up on EO charges because I caught a couple of young female Soldiers practicing dance moves when they were supposed to be doing
inventory. I chewed them out, made them do push-ups and supervised them until the inventory was complete. The Soldiers had the integrity to admit that
they were put off with my actions during the inquiry and charges dropped. One of these Soldiers then filed another EO (This one racism) charge after I
walked in on her having sex with her supervisor. She thought I was targeting her, even though we worked in the same AO daily. Once again honesty won
the day and my career was spared.
Three: I had another female friend who was also a Soldier, hard charging, Alpha personality. I liked her…but her husband was also a friend, (see the
kitchen reference). Prepping for a Platoon party she came on to me, I refused. Later she came up behind me, held a K-Bar to my throat and said,
“**** me”. Talk about pressure. She also held it “Down there” and said it again. Couldn’t do it. I managed to talk my way out of it but the
friendship needless to say was never the same. Scary stuff, and in my opinion, worse than combat, because it’s personal.
I have many more such stories, but the fact of it is, this is life. Live your life with honor and integrity. But remember, these two standards
required hard decisions. In many cases we can choose to be the victim. I choose not to be.