Hamden, Connecticut Military Sex Assault Survivor Fights Discharge Status

Cruz was one of some 20,000 sexual assault victims in the military in 2014.

News Story (Connecticut)

Peggy McCarthy
WNPR (Hartford, CT)
July 19, 2016

Tags: Military Discharges, Sexual Assault, Veterans

Organizations mentioned/involved: Connecticut Veterans Legal Center


Cruz is among the thousands of sexual assault victims who have been pushed out of the military with a less than honorable discharge, according to a Human Rights Watch report released in May, “Booted: Lack of Recourse for Wrongfully Discharged US Military Rape Survivors.”

The Navy diagnosed Cruz with a “personality disorder,” which the Rights Watch report said the military regularly uses to trigger quick dismissals of sexual assault victims.

Cruz is appealing to the Navy Discharge Review Board, requesting that her discharge status be upgraded from general (under honorable conditions) to honorable.