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Woman says she was raped repeatedly, set on fire and then kicked out of the Navy for “personality disorder”

The U.S. Navy ship USS Blue Ridge (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

As the United States military is opening up its entire ranks to women, one former naval officer has written a chilling essay for The Guardian in which she paints a grim portrait of life in one branch of the military. Amy Quinn writes that she was raped multiple times, set on fire by her colleagues as a “prank” and was groped and sexually harassed by superior. Despite appealing to her commander for help, Quinn says her concerns were ignored and she was shuffled along to different assignments. In response to her complaints, she said she was punished by the commander, who assigned her to work overnight shifts with the supervisor who had groped her. Eventually she sought out help from a naval chaplain, but the day after revealing to him all she’d been through, she was instructed to pack her things. Quinn was discharged from the U.S. Navy after receiving a diagnosis of “personality disorder.”

It was a sad outcome in what once looked like a promising career in the Navy. Quinn was a high school student on 9/11 and she said she watched the towers fall and was motivated to join the U.S. forces following the terror attacks. A decade later, she says her life has been derailed by the discharge, as she struggled to find work and chart a post-military course in life. So, she did some research and what she discovered about a “personality disorder” discharge shocked and appalled her.

Read the full essay at The Guardian.


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