July 21, 2021
In a follow up to our earlier podcast about sexual violence in the military, Preventionist Deb Bonner talks with Sgt Taylor A Knueven.
Sgt Knueven was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division when she was sexually assaulted while at the US border as part former President Trump’s military deployment. The experience completely changed her perspective on the pervasiveness of sexual violence within the military and how toxic the military environment can be.
Since then, Sgt Knueven has been on a mission to get the military to make changes to how sexual violence is prevented and investigated. This past March, the combat medic was one of several who participated in the 18th Airborne Corps’ Dragon Lair competition – offering her ideas to revamp the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program
TRIGGER WARNING: Though we will not discuss details of Sgt Knueven’s assault, we will be discussing the details of its investigation which could be triggering for some listeners. Please practice self-care as needed.