Navy Veteran Discusses Anti-Gay Abuse within the Military


Navy veteran Joseph Christopher Rocha talks to Youth Radio about resigning from the military after experiencing hazing and harassment at the hands of his fellow soldiers. Rocha's harassment became the subject of an investigation, he says, which was dropped with no explanation.

Says Rocha: "My Navy peers often harassed me, insisting the extra training I did with Marines was a search for sex partners. Once, I was hog tied to a chair, rolled across the base, and left in a dog kennel with feces. I was forced to simulate sex acts, on camera, to armed service members with trained attack dogs in the room. Men with hoses sprayed me down in full uniform."