The twilight hours of that night in 2016 are buried in oblivion, sunk out of my head, perhaps for self-protection. Fraternity boy coolness turns to shadiness at nightfall. His country boy accent is of the coal pitch blackness of the mines. I try to take flight, hasten away from my wails, make a quick getaway. I sink lower, shutting my eyes in this icebox. He is soulless, like a lone wolf committing acts of terrorism upon me in his below-zero bedroom His 240 pounds are unrelenting against my small body. He’s deaf to my screams. I tunnel inside myself, finding a crawlspace to hide. He finishes, “Don’t go out there and make a big deal out of this.” So, I am cast aside, and sent back outside into the cold night.
Defense Secretary Mattis should take the lead on fighting misogyny in the Marines.
As partisan rancor continues on the Hill, one group of lawmakers joined forces this week to speak out against harassment of women in the Marine Corps. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Annie Kuster (D-NH) spearheaded a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis urging him to take action, including authorizing another investigation into current and former Marines soliciting and posting nude photos of their female colleagues on Facebook. Thomas James Brennan , who broke the story, reports that some of the women were followed and photographed without their knowledge. The Facebook posts drew
thousands of comments, some urging sexual violence, such as:
“take her out back and pound her out,” as well as graphic suggestions, like penetrating women in the “butt. And throat. And ears. Both of them. Video it though…for science.”
Students around the country have already begun pouring back onto college campuses, ready to embark on a new academic year. This year many students will return to find their schools under investigation by the Department of Education for failing to effectively address sexual violence on campus. Title IX’s nearly 45-year-old ban on sex discrimination in education requires schools that take federal dollars –virtually all schools – to take prompt and effective steps to address harassment and violence. With over 200 universities facing pending complaints, the problem of sexual assault finally has caught the attention of the very policymakers and educators who can make a difference.