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Texoma veteran speaks out about being sexually assaulted in the military


"Subjects and victims had been horsing around while on duty," read Chad Holland from a formal complaint he filed in 1997.

Between January and March of that year, the army veteran said he experienced sexual assaults from a higher ranking air force officer for three months, and the memories won't go away.

"I was shocked and so scared," said Holland."I didn't know what to say."

He said the officer would grab his private area in the dark halls of the underground building he worked in.

"This gentleman who I trusted, befriended, thought he was a great person, great guy," added Holland.

Cases like Holland's are why top military officers testified before the Senate's armed services committee Tuesday..

"Our goal should be to hold commanders more accountable, not render them less able to correct the crisis," sid Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

After Holland witnessed the assault of a fellow soldier, he said the two went to their commander's office, and the military started an investigation.

"It went all the way to the top of the army, all the way across the Department of Defense to the top of the air force and then all the way down their chain of command," said Holland.

Holland doesn't know how the investigation ended or what happened to the officer he says assaulted him.

But Holland is now in therapy, and encourages any military member who's gone through a similar experience, to go as well.

"Get help, get help somewhere, you've got to get help," he said. "It's the only way it's gonna get better."

If you've been sexually assaulted while serving in the armed forces you can call the Department of Defense's Safe Helpline at 877-955-5247.


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