The article talked about me and one of the worst experiences of my life, but described me only as “the wife of a fellow soldier”. I had a really strong response to this. I had to go for a hard run before I could begin processing it. I slept on it and received support fromContinue reading “Last week, I was mentioned in a newspaper article. Or, rather, I wasn’t mentioned.”
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I’ve been asked what I would like to hear in the apology to survivors of Military Sexual Trauma tomorrow
Just a couple of weeks ago, the official date was set for the formal apology to survivors of Military Sexual Trauma. Since then I’ve been asked, and thought a lot about, what I hope to hear. What I’d like to hear is a fullsome and accurate understanding of the harm that has been done toContinue reading “I’ve been asked what I would like to hear in the apology to survivors of Military Sexual Trauma tomorrow”
As someone living with PTSD, I can tell you it affects all your close relationships.
In September, I participated as a panel member for Part II of the Military Sexual Trauma Symposium: Services and Supports for People Affected by MST. I took part in a 20-min overview discussion of the impact of trauma on military families and friends. I’ve embedded the video recording down below. When someone is suffering withContinue reading “As someone living with PTSD, I can tell you it affects all your close relationships.”
Leaders, please stop hurting us so we can finally heal
This past spring, I came forward with my husband to talk about our own experience with Military Sexual Trauma because we wanted to highlight the issues within the system that were denying justice to victims of abuse. People can’t heal from trauma in a context of injustice. We need the system to become trauma-informed, andContinue reading “Leaders, please stop hurting us so we can finally heal”
What is the cost to trauma survivors when we are working toward culture change?
Until recently, I hadn’t realized that someone might label me a survivor of Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Although this description might be technically accurate, it feels pretty new and it’s not internalized as true for me. Labels are tricky like that. Anyway, it’s a category I’m often assigned to since I told my story. IContinue reading “What is the cost to trauma survivors when we are working toward culture change?”