My exhibition in Perpignan » THE BATTLE WITHIN: SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN AMERICA’S MILITARY

Military rape survivors Jennifer Norris and Jessica Hinves, smoke and discuss their assaults late into the night at Jessica’s home in Biloxi, Mississippi. Jennifer Norris was drugged and raped by her recruiter after joining the US Air Force when she was 21 years old. In tech school, she fought off the sexual assault of her instructor and later evaded the advances of her commanders. “It’s like being in a domestic violence marriage that you can’t get divorced from,” she said. Norris reported the assaults, rape and harassment and saw her attackers punished but then suffered a sustained campaign of retaliation by her peers at work. Jessica Hinves, was an Air Force fighter jet mechanic when she was raped by a member of her squadron at Lackland Air Force Base. The case against her rapist was thrown out the day before the trial was to begin by a commander who said “Though he didn’t act like a gentleman, there was no reason to prosecute.”


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