“PTSD-Denying Right-Wing Preacher Will Speak At Army Prayer Breakfast”

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  1. Steven Kivari

    It seems that neither Copland or the author of this article acknowledge that the medical model or paradigm should not be used as is the custom in the military and VA for cases of military sexual assault. It is my view that it has long been the status quo to protect the perpetrators of these crimes by pathologizing and gaslighting their victims. Post-Traumatic Stress? Yes! Mental Disorder No.

    A psychiatric label applied to such victims is like a life sentence, a caste certification to under employment or unemployment. The VA compensation policies do not permit compensation for military sexual assault (MSA). It only compensates for alleged “symptoms”.

    Among service organizations, it seems that none of them will pursue a case where a vet injured by military sexual assault and or its partner, military psychiatric assault attempts to recover damages from them. Instead, they will pretend to represent the vet while in actuality represent the interests of the “mental health” industry that it seems, owns the military, the VA and the lawmakers.

    Vets seeking advocacy for them, not the “mental health” lobby will find no defenders among attorneys either. They too, will only take cases where the injured vet will seek so called compensation that will deepen the stigma that has already destroyed their careers by validating and legitimating the gaslighting and pathologization inherent in VA comp policy.

    When it comes to military sexual assault, the victim is placed in the position of a non-person, just as during the earlier attacks. They must validate and legitimate the very practice of victim blaming that is so much a part of the “psychiatric treatment” and labeling. In effect, they are being pressured to testify against themselves and own the label.

    There is one attorney in the U.S. who has attempted to represent classes of MSA victims and has had her cases dismissed, so add the judicial system as supporting the culture of sexual assault in the military and partaking of the blame the victim part of that culture.

    There needs policy change that enables vets seeking restitution to not have to become part of the “mental health” lobby. As it is now, it’s One Size Fits all, and that size is incarceration without due process, violation of one’s physical integrity (forced injections, shock), humiliation, and a lifelong status that excludes the labeled from effectively competing in the labor market.

    If this country were really committed to the its ostensible founding ideals, it must stop the sexual and psychiatric violence it now encourages when it promotes perpetrators and gives their victims “THE TREATMENT’.

  2. Convivencia

    Mr. Kivari, I understand your concerns about employment and forced treatment. Unfortunately, this discord might currently only be solvable in a pick your poison context.
    You are stuck with an economic reality of seeking treatment in a traditional psychiatric setting out of the VA. Paying for cognitive behavioral therapy (for example) can be pricey when you use a private provider. I’ve never been in the military. I’m a former special education teacher and a Spanish teacher. Were you ever forced to endure religious therapy? I can only say with limited experience that Ohio has made sexual conversion therapy illegal. As an election advocate (protecting people from having to vote provisionally under false pretenses) I want several things to happen legally but I fear they have a snowball’s chance in hell: I want to see FISA ,HIPPA laws and The Bankruptcy and Consumer Protection Act and The Help America Vote Act revisited. I feel like our privacy is suffocated. One possible way to take the sting out of HIPPA laws that enable employers to pressure an applicant with employment contingent on the results of one’s health info, might actually work in a government single payer network. I would rather that the government have my health info as opposed to suffering under the whims of an employer’s private insurance. Employers should be banned from performing credit checks as a condition of employment.

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