Kudos to @nytimes
for sharing the stories of 6 very brave men in their powerful expose on sexual assault in the military. Below is an excerpt of the article that everyone should take a moment to read: .
‘He didn’t speak a word to anyone about having been raped, he said — not for the next 40 years.
He had enlisted at 17, and was a few weeks into radar technician school when a group of older enlisted men and officers took some new recruits to an off-base resort.
In a private bungalow, after a round of drinking, Mr. Minnix said, the older men told the recruits it was time for their initiation. “At first there was laughing and nervous joking, and then there was silence,” Mr. Minnix said. “I was scared to death. And we got forced into sex acts none of us wanted.” He said the teenagers were made to perform oral sex or were sodomized. “What an awful thing, when you go back to the base the next day and you are facing these people,” he said.
Mr. Minnix struggled to make sense of what had happened in the bungalow. Real men don’t get raped, he told himself, they fight back. He found he was unable to concentrate on his work, and started to do poorly in radar school. He was desperate to get out of the Air Force. “I couldn’t stand being there,” said Mr. Minnix, who lives in Bend, Ore. “I didn’t feel I could report it to anyone. The best thing to do was run.” He sighed and added, “I’ve essentially been running for most of my life since then.”’ .
Full article: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/10/us/men-military-sexual-assault.html