I came across an article recently published by GQ Magazine about the alarming increase of rape incidents in the military and how many of these stories are merely swept under the rug. “The culprits almost always go free, the survivors rarely speak, and no one in the military or Congress has done enough to stop it.”
When a man enlists in the United States armed forces his chances of being a victim of MST (Military Sexual Trauma) increases by a factor of 10! The military is built on a balance between obedience and aggression, so a lot of the rape occurrences have nothing to do with sex and everything to do with power and control.
“He was a senior aide—he had a direct line to the top. Being invited over to his house, I just took it as I should go. Looking back, I ask myself, why didn’t you do anything? It wasn’t like he held me down or tied me up. I didn’t want to cross him. I really didn’t feel like I had any choice. I had just turned 19. It could be my career. I froze and went along with it.”
The article features many other stories just like Trent Smith's, and unfortunately their fear of being emasculated by speaking up on their experience with rape allows the cycle to continue. I was extremely impressed to see GQ magazine shining some light on such an unspoken issue, and felt inspired to do the same!
You can check out the FULL article here: (http://www.gq.com/long-form/male-military-rape)