Here’s your new Obama-led military…don’t bother asking or telling or applying common sense…anything goes. From the International Business Times:
According to the Pentagon, 38 military men are sexually assaulted every single day, and since the victims usually don’t speak out, the perpetrators nearly always go free.
Steve Stovey is one such victim, who joined the US Navy soon after turning 25, in the hope of seeing the world. In the first year and a half, Stovey tells GQ magazine, that he had the greatest time of his life, however, in the late September of 1999, he faced the unknown, when he was physically abused in a remote storage area of the ship.
Stovey recalls being sent to get supplies from the storage area, and shortly after he was attacked by three men who threw a black hood over his head and sodomized him. He remained in hiding, in a bathroom until the pain receded.
Two weeks later, when the ship reached Hawaii and Stovey was united with his father, he recalls the meeting as the hope that kept him from killing himself, saying the timing was, “almost a miracle. When I saw him, it was the most safe feeling I’d ever felt in my whole life.” Yet, Stovey kept the secret. “I couldn’t tell him,” he added.
An estimated 14,000 military men were assaulted in 2012 alone, according to GQ magazine.
“One of the myths is that the perpetrators identify as gay, which is by and large not the case. It’s not about the sex. It’s about power and control. In a hypermasculine culture, what’s the worst thing you can do to another man? Force him into what the culture perceives as a feminine role,” said James Asbrand, a psychologist with the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs.
Read more: IBTimes.co.uk