I am a U.S. Navy Veteran and served from 1987-1995. I went back to school and am now a senior in engineering at Oregon state University. I am also a survivor of military sexual trauma (MST). I was raped during my service. The man who attacked me raped two others and was sent to prison. MST survivors rarely see this happen. It is all too often the case where their voices are never heard and worse they are threatened by superiors for trying to report. In 2012 the Veterans Administration reported 3,182 cases of rape and sexual assault were reported and further estimate that over 85% go unreported. For over 20 years I have been silent about my trauma and found no reason to speak out. Now, at OSU I have found a reason. Others.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and here at OSU we have events we are hosting to create awareness on campus and in the community. On April 10, 2013 at 6pm on campus we are hosting a showing of the Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick comes The Invisible War, a ground breaking investigation about rape within the U.S. military. Focusing on the powerful stories of several veterans, the film is a moving examination of the staggering personal and societal costs of these assaults. Both a comprehensive inquire and an insight into what can be done to bring about much needed change, The Invisible War urges us all, civilian and military alike, to fight for a system that protects our men and women in uniform.
Key Note Speech by Myla Haider:
For Former Army Criminal Investigation Division Sergeant, Myla Haider, working as a criminal investigator, prosecuting rape cases for the U.S. Army was difficult and often disheartening. Following the screening of The Invisible War, come hear Ms. Haider speak about her experiences as a criminal investigator and the past and current military practices surrounding sexual violence. Q&A to follow.
In 2014 President Barak Obama has stated we are pulling out of Afghanistan. When we pulled out of Iraq our student Veteran population at OSU doubled. It is now time that we stand up and support our Veterans in a way that can be realized by the Veteran. That is through awareness of the challenges they face and resources to create successful stories. Veterans have already shown they are superior through their military training and have served us, now we must serve them!
When: April 10, 2013 6pm
Where: Withecombye 109 Oregon State University
Who: Showing of The Invisible War and Keynote speaker Myla Haider.
Why: You sleep safely in your beds at night because of the service and sacrifice of our Veterans. Now come serve them by learning about what is happening in our military and how they are being treated while they proudly serve.