During the last three years we have watched our friend fight the US Marine Corps who ignored her rape by a US Marine who was out of Camp Pendleton. During her crusade for justice we have all been educated about the astounding number of rapes committed not only by the military but also in the military. We were shocked to learn how many women and men are sexually assaulted and raped in the armed forces every year. What scares us more is that women and men enlisting in the armed forces to protect and serve this country are not being told that the chance of this happening to them is one in three.
Almost three years ago our friend was raped by a US marine she was dating who had just come back from deployment. She didn’t go to the police right away because he started screaming immediately that he was suicidal and didn’t know what was wrong with him. She later found out that he had been taught by the Marines to use PTSD as a tactic to stop her from going to the police. We have a website up detailing the story and her struggle to get justice that has never happened.
What we discovered was that the marines and other armed forces not only ignore rapes in and by the military but also obstruct justice and allow rapist to be called heroes.
Women are raped then dishonorably discharged if they report it. Women have died from dehydration while deployed overseas because they are afraid to drink water for fear of having to use the latrine at night and being raped. Nothing is being done to the rapists. Some, like the marine that raped our friend, are actually promoted after they are reported. There is proof of obstruction by the command at Camp Pendleton, but the government will do nothing.
According to a CNN report “If you serve in the U.S. military and you rape or sexually assault a fellow service member, chances are you won’t be punished. In fact, you have an estimated 86.5% chance of keeping your crime a secret and a 92% chance of avoiding a court martial.”
Most people don’t know that these rapes and sexual assaults are going on with the military to both males and females. Which means that men and women signing up to protect our country are not being protected and are risking their lives and being sexually assaulted and raped in return.
Since the military will not follow their own laws or the laws of this country, we want the U.S. Government to mandate that ANYONE enlisting in the Armed Forces is made aware they have such a high risk of being sexually assaulted and raped, at least once. Sometimes victims are assaulted many times while serving. If the government can mandate warning labels on tobacco products and alcohol from the surgeon general, and if amusement parks have to warn you that while riding a roller coaster you could experience health problems, why aren’t we warning women and men that they have an extreme possibility of being raped when joining the military?
It is a well known fact that recruiters lie to get people to enlist. The marine that dated and raped our friend told her many times he was lied to and that they ignored his drug conviction to let him in!
We also want it to be mandated that recruiters are not allowed to talk to anyone under the age of 18 without a sexual assault advocate present. Not only so the females and males are told about their chances of being assaulted but also due to the documented fact that recruiters are known for assaulting high school students.
No one should be put in a situation with someone they think they can trust, while the evidence and statistics show that this group not only misleads enlistees and also violate their trust.
All we are asking is that those who are willing to sacrifice their lives for this country are warned about their chances of being sexually assaulted.
We won’t use our real names because Marines have already threatened us.
So for now thanks for your support and helping to save future sexual assault victims!
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