Thousands of people shared their stories, giving a sense of the magnitude of the issue. While it was predominantly women who shared their experiences, men also revealed incidents’ of abuse, emphasising the fact it’s a problem for both sexes.
Members of several DoD organizations, including members of the 114th Fighter Wing, joined together at Joe Foss Field, S.D. July 13. In their role as Sexual Assault Prevention and Response victim advocates to receive training presented by Mr. Rick Goodwin, Training Consultant, 1in6 Training Initiatives. Mr. Goodwin’s area of expertise is with men’s mental health, more specifically, male sexual trauma.
Looking back, many of the men now realize the medical exams were more than just weird and uncomfortable. Some still aren’t sure what to call it, uncertain whether it meets the definition of sexual abuse.
It was years ago. Before families and children, before jobs and careers. Before caps and gowns and diplomas, something happened, during what should have been routine physicals or visits to the health center — something multiple former Ohio State University students say they are trying to make sense of decades later.
For far too long, people with disabilities and their allies have been invisible to mainstream society, forced to live in the shadows within our communities, and given little opportunity or a platform to speak out on issues we care about.