Friday, October 28, 2011

Drunken Navy Skipper charged with “Rape, Sodomy and Sexual Assault”

This morning and San Diego Channel 10 News reported specific details of the latest Navy Commander who is set to face a General Courts Martial in San Diego, CA. 

If only I could be a fly on the wall to bear witness to how the Navy handles his case compared to mine which was held in the same building several years ago.

A boozed-up Navy destroyer skipper is about to get the book thrown at him in San Diego, reported investigative journalist Ret. Maj Glenn Mac Donald of MCC.

CMDR Jay Wylie's, a 19-year Navy veteran is charged with rape, sodomy, aggravated sexual assault and a laundry list of other charges which will most likely cost him retirement pension and perhaps put him behind bars for some years to come.

It’s said that his troubles began with a whiskey bottle. Sources say whenever the former Navy commander got drunk he "came on" to the nearest female in uniform. 

I just had a flashback to when I served as the only female onboard the USS STOUT for almost a year.  Boy, did I have to beat them off with a stick!!

According to his charge sheet, Wylie, while "publicly intoxicated," was on a liberty port call at Victoria in the Seychelles Dec. 31, 2010 when he "pinned" a junior officer up against a bar, tried to kiss her, and put his hand up her dress and into her panties.


Four months later, Wylie, allegedly soused, "coaxed" an enlisted female into his cabin on the DD Momsen where he reportedly kissed and fondled her, putting his hands and mouth on the woman's genitals. 

After the second incident, the drunken sailor was fired.  Why did it take so long?

Food for thought:
I served in the Navy nearly 20 years and can confess to near encounters of sexual assault and sexual harassment.  I never officially reported the incidents because I worked in a male dominated environment and feared no one would take my complaints seriously (which was the case with my EO and Reprisal complaints). 
In this case, there were too many witnesses.  The first victim, the female officer, she should have demanded an immediate investigation into the skippers unwelcomed advances which would have resulted in his swift removal from command also preventing him from preying on his next victim.
No woman deserves to be touch, fondled and handled inappropriately without her expressed permission.  NO means NO!!


Eric Graves said...

Thanks for posting this. I am an AF retiree and have a daughter serving in the Navy. Predators like this concern me.

Syneeda said...

Eric, Thank you.

Unfortunately there are hundreds of other incidents that have gone unreported due to fear of disciplinary actions or the possibility of death.

“Yes, women are the first to be blamed, as if she asked to be assaulted or raped.”

Google the story on PFC Lavena Johnson and you’ll see why.

I lost my best friend in Iraq in December 2006 due to an alleged “Suicide” according to the Army’s CID reports. The Army CID also initially reported that Levana killed herself.
My new plight is to advocate for women who have experienced workplace abuse which also includes rape.

Such a traumatic experience can scar a person for life. In most cases a victim suffers from PTSD in silence which will eventually lead to her discharge from the military. If she never reports the rape incident to military medical officials the VA will deny her VA disability compensation because there is no record of the incident.

YES, the VA will compensate victims of “Military Sexual Trauma” which is often associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”, but it has to be well documented in the victim’s medial record.

Anonymous said...

Syneeda: you are 100% correct concerning the PTSD. I am living proof of this and am 50% disabled and 30% is PTSD from sexual harassment. I was wondering what is the appropriate thing to say when future employers ask why you got out of the military. I am dealing with a potential employer now who asked if I ever had a contract with the military canceled early, I said yes, they ask why, and I say harassment. I don't want to be dishonest especially when there is a polygraph involved, but how do you know what to say, when to say it and how to know if you're not being hired because of this. Cause if that's the case, the VA needs to pay me more if I can't get a job because of this.

Syneeda said...

First of all, I thank you for your service and most importantly having survived “workplace” abuse. According to the Civil Rights Act, all workplaces should be free of discrimination and sexual harassment. Unfortunately when a woman complains about it she is most likely going to be terminated from her job. And be forced to leave with a negative work history. Depending on the severity of the harassment could also leave her to be deeply traumatized by the events.

You can visit your local VA regional to see if you qualify for a Veteran 10 Point preference. In most cases your potential employer will honor the letter and recognize that you have some sort of disability and avoid inquiring further into the details of your discharge. Or you can be evaluated for “unemployability” which will put you at 100% disability.
Unfortunately sexual trauma you doesn’t go away overnight.

Although I was never physically assaulted but the painful humiliation I endured, being labeled as an “adulterous” continues to scar me almost to the point that I even avoid serious committed relationships.

Imagine if I were go on a job interview and had to explain why I was discharged from the Navy. If I were to get hired, I would become the laughing stock of the organization or eventually would have to file a lawsuit for sexual harassment due the potential unwelcome comments, etc.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I'm marching down to the VA on Monday morning first thing to see about that unemployability. What I am running into is that people don't want to hire me because I was a "snitch" or that they don't want to have potential case later on or have to be accountable for their employees. I feel I am a dynamite worker and then to have a bomb resume followed up with questions of why you voluntarily terminated your contract and then you get an "Oh, I see. Well, thank you for being honest. We'll keep in you in mind." Sure you will. Thank you so much for all you do, there certainly isn't enough advocacy for our military women. God forbid our country knows what "really" goes on behind the scenes.