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Former Marine: Sexual Trauma and Rape are Dangers in Military Culture

The Pentagon has just released a report indicating a rise in reports of sexual assault in military academies. This young former Marine -- LCpl Deborah Slagboam -- speaks or her own continual sexual harassment, brutal assault and rape by multiple Marines serving with her while at Parris Island, South Carolina and continuing during her training at Ft. Meade, Maryland.

(interview, 27 minutes)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl2BNeLi5c0
She says efforts to seek help from military M.D.s fell on deaf ears despite intense trauma that left her with cervical damage, unrelenting nightmares and in constant fear. After seeing what happened to other women when they did report being raped, this soldier went U.A. with the support of her family. She was picked up and jailed before being discharged without benefits.

This video was originally put out on Facebook with the title: "Former Marine: Military Sexual Assault and Rape are Norm in A Culture of Violence." Deborah felt the title above was more fitting. However posts on FB are still coming up with the older title. If anyone knows how to correct this technical problem please let us know. While MST may not be the "norm" in the military environment, it's prevalence is unacceptable and must be stopped. Please do not take the original title as Deborah's personal statement. Thank you.

Original video here:  http://vimeo.com/34260397

Thanks to:

Cindy Piester
Carin Wofford
Tamara Wofford
Alex Uvari
Niccole Aldrich and others

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