Saturday, September 6, 2014
Who Am I? Why Should I See Justice? Why Have I Worn A Mask for So Long?
I was amazed on how people and myself were perceived when we brought up the fact that we were PTSD diagnosed. Most of those who are ignorant of this fact, are unaware that the sufferers of PTSD, are doing anything more than just making up excuses for doing nor not doing given things that are normally accepted, in society.
Is it fair? Nope! IS it discriminating? Yes, it is; and it lends to those of us whom are suffering from mild to complex PTSD, to being discriminated against.
Put together, the average idea's of "Joe Public" in with MST, or Sexual Assault; which is suffered while in the military, and then on top of that throw in the idea of a male being a victim of Sexual Assault (whether male on male, or male on female, or even female on male) and you have a whole picture of why victims of MST, remain silent and try so hard to hide their suffering. IN fact, a male MST survivor whom suffers from any form of PTSD, which stems from that sexual assault quickly becomes a "Master of Disguise." Hiding from the truth of their pain, and the truth of their suffering; becomes a pool of life long lies, to cover the fact that they were victimized. It usually is easier, in my estimation if the silence was brought about by physical, psychological threats, or even the sufferance of career ending or life ending consequences; should they discuss or reveal the events or accuse anyone of committing such horrific and devastating act.
Over time, the systematic results of life and reality takes over and the assault and the excuses not to come out and wage such an accusation against someone, especially in the military, becomes all too scary and threatening. Again, I ask; Is It Fair? NO, it is not and it is also nothing which can be merely "swept under the carpet" as even the silence is more devastating than the actual immediate consequences.