Darker Than Navy Blue is a controversial book, about an explosive topic: the rape and sexual harrassment epidemic that is ongoing in the military and has been for some time.
I chose to finally come forward because I have realized my story is not just my own anymore. It is every other man and woman’s story who have found themselves silently suffering at the hands of the predatory culture which is allowed to exist in the military. A culture where the victim is discredited, run through the mud, or punished wrong-fully for reporting a valid discrepancy, all while watching the guilty basically walk free.
We have a responsibility for each other, to help facilitate healing and good change in everyone’s life. It only takes one single person to be that catalyst and bring light to subjects that need it even if it is the hardest thing to do.
I’ll fall on my sword and take the negative publicity to begin making that change.
We live in a society where anyone who complains about rape is looked at as a guilty party, a liar, as a whore, and everything we have done up to that point is taken into account and used against us.
So in standing up and even writing my book means I will have to stand the amount of hell that comes with it. In spite of this I do not consider myself courageous, nor heroic; I simply want others who have been through hell like I have to know they are not alone, and that someone cares and understands.