Working in a hostile environment is a relatively common problem in any work environment, even in the military!
Simply put, anyone is not safe from being assaulted sexually or verbally as offenders come from different areas of work.
Luckily, social media platforms have paved the way for an easier way of disseminating information and awareness regarding such harassment. Oftentimes, TikTok has been a popular way for people to share their sentiments and some heartbreaking moments.
Recently on February 19, 2021, one TikTok video made a huge impact across social media.
A US soldier named Dalina shared to TikTok her unfortunate experience with sexual assault that happened in her work environment in the Marine Corps.
The emotional Dalina in her now-deleted TikTok @gwotthot, shed tears while remembering the incidents that she had experienced.
In the video that she posted, Dalina shared her experience of assault and how the Marine corps handled the offense. To her dismay, after being assaulted, her perpetrator who was also a member of the service was still allowed to stay in service despite the undeniable proof of a crime committed.
What a horrible experience!
If the assault wasn’t disappointing enough, it must have been worst to feel neglected by the same institution that you expect to protect you and your rights.
Moreover in the video, Dalina expressed her disappointments and sentiments to how her sexual assault was handled by the Corps.
Sobbing and in tears she mentioned, “This is exactly why f*cking females in the military f*cking kill themselves, this is exactly why nobody f*cking takes us seriously” right after learning that her perpetrator was detained by the Commanding General despite the fact that everyone else did not agree with detaining him.
The incident captured a rage with a lot of people online. Several accounts reported and re-shared the video, sharing their own disappointment to the actions being done by the Corps.
Comments in Dalina’s TikTok account flooded with support and encouragement.
One Twitter Account @NotInMyMarines, re-posted the deleted TikTok to show support to what happened to the unfavored soldier. In the post, it states that this is the reality of what happens when a female soldier reports her experience of assault.
This is what happens when you report your assault in the @USMC He admits his guilt and then is retained by the Commanding General after everyone else recommended do not retain. @RepSpeier @SenGillibrand @KamalaHarris @SecDef this is bullshit. #metoomilitary #sexualassault pic.twitter.com/xogqY4SPKI
— #NotInMyMarineCorps (@NotInMyMarines) February 18, 2021
After the video went viral, Dalina shared another video where she openly expressed her frustration about what had happened to her.
Getting to see her perpetrator face-to-face during their court proceedings made it much worst for her.
In her latest video, she openly discussed that the incident wasn’t even the first time.
She recalls that she already had previous experience of being assaulted, thinking that her complaint was processed. However, her previous complaint turns into deaf ears as no further proceedings were done – just because – the perpetrator admitted to it.
She says, ‘I was able to see my perpetrator in the courtroom and, like, he’s able to admit what he did and they say, ‘Well, you’re really good at your job and you did a bad thing, but we’re gonna make sure you get out honorably.”
It was really heartbreaking for Dalina as she continues to share awareness to social media through her own experience of terrible assault.
In the heat of this controversial claim, the Marine released a statement claiming that the service “takes all allegations of misconduct seriously.”
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin mentioned in his official press release at the Pentagon that he found the video “deeply disturbing” and has requested to get a full report and information regarding the matter.
The matter is yet to resolve but we could all hope for justice to be served.
If you are suffering from sexual assault or become a victim of abuse, or you know someone who might be in the situation, you may contact the US 24/7 hotline for National domestic abuse at 1.800.799.7233 or call the Safe Hotline for victims of sexual assault at 877-995-5247.