23 Harrowing Confessions About Sexual Assault In The Military
On the anonymous secret-sharing app Whisper, people who say they are survivors of military sexual assault open up about their heartbreaking experiences and living with PTSD.
A scroll through Whisper, an anonymous secret-sharing app, offers an observer everything from innocent confessions about love to heartbreaking stories of violence, loss, alienation, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.
As BuzzFeed noted earlier this year, the app's anonymity has also made it popular among people who identify as military personnel, including those who say they suffered sexual abuse while serving. The following posts are not verified by BuzzFeed, but Whisper staff told BuzzFeed that they "vetted every account using our back-end tools and filtered out any we thought might be bogus claims."
Military sexual violence has become a greater part of the national conversation in recent months, with President Obama calling it a "profound injustice" and encouraging military leaders to confront the issue. In March, the Senate passed a new bill that makes modest reforms to how sexual assault claims are governed in the military. But, as one Whisper user points out, the problem is far from over.
Here are a few of the anonymous confessions: