Episode 14: One of the Hardest Stories I've Never Shared–Why Didn't I Leave The Room? (Part 1 of 2) "She Seems So Normal" by Leigh Mackenzie

What do grenades have to do with my trauma journey? In 1989, I received my congressional nomination for the prestigious US Military Academy at West Point, and though I believe the culture has changed in the decades since I attended, my story focuses on what it used to be back then and how the system solidified parts of the Plastic Princess I became. * * “The women in the Class of 1980—the first to include female cadets—were able to say unequivocally they were treated differently because of their sex. They spoke of the assaults and harassment they faced both at the academy and once they entered the Army. “Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, who now serves as the Dean of the Academic Board at West Point, arrived two years later as a member of the Class of 1982. Looking back at her cadet career she said, ‘I think it’s safe to say we were probably all sexually harassed.’” (https://www.army.mil/article/236362/the_army_is_changing_current_female_cadets_will_enter_the_army_with_more_career_options_than_ever) #traumawarrior #traumainformed #ptsdwarrior #traumarecovery #traumasurvivor #survivor #ptsd #ptsdisadailybattle #ptsdawareness #ptsdsurvivor #csasurvivor #recoveryjourney #traumahealing #csahealing #selfcare #christianwriter #faithstory #mentalhealthandchurch #sexualassault #usmilitaryacademy #westpointmilitaryacademy #womeninthemilitary #soldiersexualassault  — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leigh-mackenzie/message
  1. Episode 14: One of the Hardest Stories I've Never Shared–Why Didn't I Leave The Room? (Part 1 of 2)
  2. Episode 13: Is Mental Health The New Leprosy Inside The Church? (Part 2: What Is Courage?)
  3. Episode 12: A Dragon Below The Ice (Anxiety)
  4. Episode 11: Is Mental Health the New Leprosy in Church? (Part 1, Condemnation is not a Spiritual Gift)
  5. Episode 10: The Plastic Princess Origin Story (What used to be my "Normal")
  6. Episode 9: Can I Be Honest With God?
  7. Episode 8: How I Met The Doctor (The Importance of Godly Mentorship)
  8. Episode 7: De-escalation Coping Mechanisms, or, "The Monkey's Swinging"