I just wanted to say that I, too was impressed that you were able to articulate what happened to you this way. I haven't been able to put my entire story out in one thing like that yet, it is a lot of bits and pieces. I can't imagine going through what you went through and also having to go back to being in the Navy. The fact that you survived all that and are here telling your story must mean that you posses a lot of strength.

I think for men like us who were assaulted as adults, we are pushed into a solitary confinement of sorts because of what happened. The outside world doesn't understand the wounds we have and I think it is genuinely difficult for men in particular to extend support to one another because we are so used to trying to pull ourselves together. But I hope you know that we believe you and are here to support you.

“If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.”

- Saint John of the Cross