Monday, May 13, 2013

My story on PBS, a personal email sent from Military rape victim, "Trina McDonald"

Dear Syneeda:

My journey to end sexual assault in the military began with the film, THE INVISIBLE WAR. Starting out, I had no idea what was in store for me. No idea that the film would sweep the nation, that hundreds of thousands of people would have my back, stand up and take action in support of our cause. I couldn't have imagined that we would be able to influence policymakers or reach the Commander-In-Chief's desk.

I just knew that if telling my story helped prevent even one man or woman from having to experience what I did, then it was worth sharing. Because every person hearing about the epidemic of military rape is one more step to making sure this problem is no longer invisible.

We're getting there. It's working. Today with your support, military rape is not invisible. Tonight, THE INVISIBLE WAR begins airing on PBS. Having my story -- and those of countless other brave survivors -- broadcast on public access television across America couldn't come at a more critical time.

Last week the the Department of Defense released the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) annual report, and it showed a significant spike in assaults -- an increase of 35% over the last year. Over 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted in 2012 alone.

The report hasn't gone unnoticed. Congress is speaking out and just last week the White House hosted a meeting of bipartisan legislators working towards a solution to this egregious problem.  But our work isn't done yet.

And for those of you who are, or know, a survivor of military sexual assault ready to tell your story, please let me know. Simply reply to this email. I'll send you a follow-up email with some ideas for how you can get more involved.  

Together, we are #NotInvisible.

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