Woman Who Says Naval Academy Cadets Forced Sex On Her Testifies For First Time
A female Naval Academy cadet who claims three of her Naval Academy peers forced sex on her while she was heavil intoxicated testified for the first time earlier this week.
via NBC News
The female U.S. Naval Academy midshipman at the center of a sexual assault case testified for the first time Wednesday, describing the events that led to three of her fellow midshipmen allegedly attacking her.
The three men — Tra’ves Bush, Eric Graham and Joshua Tate —are accused of sexually assaulting the woman on April 14, 2012 after she passed out drunk at a party.
During her testimony at the preliminary hearing Wednesday, the female midshipman, said she remembered waking up with back pain and few memories of the previous night.
“I noticed I was really disheveled,” she testified. “I was really nerve-wracked because I didn’t know what had happened.
Later that day, Tate, who had invited her to the party, told her that she had sex with him and Graham, she testified.
“He was like, ‘What? You don’t remember?'” she said. “He told me that we had sex and he was going to have to refresh my memory.”
“He was laughing,” she added, “and then I was like, ‘I don’t want to hear anymore.'”
The Article 32 hearing, held at D.C.’s Navy Yard, is one of the highest-profile military sexual assault cases since President Obama made his first public condemnation of such actions, at the Naval Academy’s commencement ceremony in May.
While bits and pieces of the story have come out about this case, this was the first time the alleged victim has recounted the incident in its entirety and come forward with her full side of the story. Hit the flip to read the entire account from beginning to end.