This week we continue our series on PTSD among women veterans. My guest is Kate Weber, who was raped by a fellow soldier within her first weeks of deployment overseas in 1993. She discusses the helplessness and isolation she felt when she discovered that no one, from the staff doctor, to her friends and fellow soldiers, would take her seriously.
This week I talk with Kathy Russin, the Military Sexual Trauma Program Coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Maine. She talks about the prevalence of Military Sexual Trauma among veterans, and explains that it is not limited to rape, and affects both men and women. She explains how MST is different from combat PTSD in its impact, and talks about the many ways it can make leading a normal life very difficult.
This week’s show is the second half of my conversation with Ruth Moore, a survivor of Military Sexual Trauma, and the namesake of the Ruth Moore Act, a piece of pending legislation which would remove some of the current barriers to treatment and justice for survivors of MST. This part of the interview covers Ruth’s path to personal healing after returning from overseas duty, and her choice to share her story publicly and before congress in the hope of bringing change.
This week we begin a new series on PTSD among women veterans. My guest is Ruth Moore, who tells the story of being sexually assaulted by her commanding officer in the Navy. She describes a chilling scenario in which she is ostracized and punished for seeking help, and feels she can trust no one on the remote overseas base where she is stationed. Eventually she finds a way to escape, but as she explains, there are thousands of other young soldiers who are not as fortunate.
This week’s show is a conversation with Armenian-American photographer and filmmaker Nubar Alexanian. We talk about the film he is making with his daughter about their journey to their ancestors’ homeland, the site of the Armenian genocide which began in 1915. Nubar describes the legacy of silence that surrounds this genocide and the impact this silence has had on his sense of self and his place in the world. He also talks about how making this film has awakened deeply suppressed emotions in him, and helped him become proud of being Armenian for the first time in his life.
For more information about the film, visit scarsofsilence.com.