Sexual assault is alarmingly common in the U.S. military, and more than half of the victims are men. These are the stories you never hear—because the culprits almost always go free, the survivors rarely speak, and no one in the military or Congress has done enough to stop it.
This article makes me so sad and angry. Like this part especially as a psychologist-to-be:
Research suggests that the military brass may have conspired to illegally discharge MST victims by falsely diagnosing them with personality disorders. “The military has a systemic personality disorder discharge problem,” write the authors of a 2012 Yale Law School white paper. Between 2001 and 2010, some 31,000 servicepersons were involuntarily discharged for personality disorders. It is likely that in many cases these were sham diagnoses meant to rid the ranks of MST victims. “If they want you to be schizophrenic,” says Trent Smith, an MST survivor currently fighting his discharge from the Air Force, “you’re schizophrenic.” These diagnoses also spare the government the costs of aftercare: The VA considers a personality disorder to be a pre-existing condition, so it won’t cover the expense of treatment for PTSD caused by a sexual assault.
rape victims are not the only people they do this to
I served in the US Air Force for three and a half years immediately after high school, and I was god damned good at everything I did for them
when I challenged the widespread rule-breaking, corruption, and general immoral and dishonorable behaviour that was standard practice in my squadron, I was “diagnosed” with a “nonspecified personality disorder” which (according to them) made me unfit for commission, and shoved out on my ass
they keep an office full of pet psychologists who lie to you about their confidentiality restrictions and whose only job is to give them a legal way of getting rid of and discrediting anyone who becomes an inconvenience to their power structure.
The US military is not there to protect you. The US military is not run by good people. And the US military fucked me up but good. If you ever read a post where I mention “Academy dreams”, I mean the recurring nightmares about being back in their hands that I’ve had ever since my discharge, almost three years ago.