— The victim of a rape by a U.S. Marine in Vietnam says she was raped and abused by a fellow soldier in her platoon, but that she never reported it to superiors.
The victim of the incident is identified as a 22-year-old woman who is from Vietnam, who is currently in Virginia.
She is in a secure facility in Virginia and cannot be identified due to her age.
She told the Associated Press on Friday that she was attacked by two other Vietnamese men on her way home from work last June in Herndon, Va., while she was walking home from a friend’s house.
The assault occurred on June 23 and she was on her last night of work in Herdon, when the attackers began harassing her.
“The attacker began walking up behind me and grabbing my neck and pulled me down to the ground,” she said.
She said that she screamed at the attackers, who then raped her.
“I felt my face getting numb and my eyes were starting to water,” she told the AP.
Two men jumped on top of her and began pushing me, saying, ‘You better get off me, you better get to the hospital.’
“When they were pulling me down I felt like they were going to choke me.
I just kept screaming and pleading with them not to do that to me,” she continued.
Her attackers then left, she said, but she did not report the attack to the commanding officer of her platoon because she did “not want to jeopardize my job.”
The incident is under investigation by the Virginia State Police.
It was not immediately clear what role the two men in her unit, who were both serving in the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, played in the attack.
After the assault, the victim said that her sergeant ordered her to “stay away from him” because she was “a Vietnamese girl.”
The victim also said that during the assault she saw another woman, whom she identified only as a sergeant, who was not in uniform and did not answer her door.
During an interview with the AP, she told AP she has been “totally humiliated” by her attacker.
Last week, her commanding officer told The Associated Press that the victim’s rape report has been closed because she is a “young woman who had no previous criminal record.”
A VA spokesman told the press, “We can confirm the victim is an individual with PTSD who has been diagnosed with PTSD.
She has a pending criminal investigation.”
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