A sexual assault survivor's story

By a survivor
Special to GUIDON

Sexual assault is a hot topic — one  addressed in annual training and by leaders throughout the chain of command — yet the details of victims’ stories are seldom mentioned. This is understandable.

These crimes against service members are intensely personal. Also, as many survivors have learned, listeners don’t always know how to respond appropriately, which can make sharing one’s story awkward, even painful.

This is unfortunate. As humans we are drawn to stories. We reflect upon them and even internalize some of their values, ideas and attitudes. Stories communicate with extraordinary effectiveness, enabling us to learn not only from personal experience but also from others’ experiences.

Are we missing out on a potentially powerful tool in the world of sexual assault prevention? Perhaps calling on survivors to bravely share their stories holds real potential…     Read More...