The Invisible War

The rape epidemic within the military is not state-sponsored because the acts of rape were committed by individuals on their own accord. The military did not specifically order or require the perpetuaters to target a specific person and commit rape. The military oversees thousands of soldiers in many different branches, and are not able to closely keep an eye of every soldier under their wing. It is the responsibility of each and every soldier to protect one another and failure to do so is his/her own fault. The military cannot control an individual’s thoughts, decisions, and actions; therefore, to label the rape epidemic as an all state-sponsored issue is unfair to the military.

However, the military is not completely innocent because they play a large part in being the sponsors of the military rape epidemic as well. The Invisible War revealed that a lot of the acts were committed by fellow trainees, soldiers, and friends however, a large number of the cases claimed that their seniors and commanding officers have also done the same horrible crime. The very people that should be protecting the victimized soldiers are the very same people that commit the crime. The military is responsible for the well-being and justice for its soldiers when a crime is acted upon them, yet time and time again the corrupt system chooses to slide the cases under the rug which allows the cycle of rape to continue. Their choice of not acting upon the cases of rape is what perpetuates the cycle, making the military rape epidemic a state-sponsored issue.

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5 Questions

1. Where were you born?
2. In what ways have you/someone you know have experienced oppression?
3. How did you feel upon witnessing it?
4. Have you ever intentionally/unintentionally been discriminate? How so?
5. Do you believe that discrimination/oppression against non-whites and/or whites has worsened or improved in the American society today?

Personal Inventory

Intersectionality:
The study of how social and cultural topics of race, gender, orientation, and class lead and/or determine social inequality.

The slightest signs of racism and orientation oppression is everywhere I go, everywhere I’ve went, and probably wherever I will go. There are times when I’m the one saying the comment, and whether I realize what I’m saying or not, it doesn’t change the fact that the though came through my head.
Living in Waukegan, where Latinos are the majority, I had to go to the elementary & junior high schools. Mostly in junior high, that’s where I was mostly exposed to the racist and derogatory comments between Latinos, African-Americans, Asians, and White-Americans. Most, if not all White-Americans were called “white trash”. African-Americans were told to take a shower; Latinos were called “wet-backs”. Asians were always stereotyped as smart and nerdy, which where I fell under. However, looking back to it, I dont remember feeling bad about those comments as I do now. I’ve had my fair share of those comments, but I never said it out loud. It was always just in my head because I was afraid that if I said those things to them that I would be beaten up on my way home.