Retired Navy petty officer Elisa Wyatt shares sex abuse story with 10News

Wyatt says she was forced out of Navy

SAN DIEGO - For the first time, a retired Navy petty officer is sharing her harrowing story, including sexual abuse at the hands of her superior officer.

Amid a recent march at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in support of sexual assault awareness, 10News met up with former Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Elisa Wyatt, who hinted at the trauma she endured.

"It felt like my universe has been shaken," said Wyatt.

Now, she's sharing more about the ordeal she said left her with issues of anxiety and depression.

Wyatt was an IT specialist in the Navy when she was deployed to a base in Afghanistan in 2009.

She said for months, an Army officer -- one of her superior officers -- made advances, until one day he cornered her in an office.

"When I wouldn't agree to a shoulder rub and having him grope me, I asked to leave and he pulled down his pants and put my hand on it," said Wyatt.

Afraid for her job, she said she didn't report his advances.

Soon after, she said he cornered her again.

"He pulled my pants down and attempted to enter me from behind," said Wyatt.

She said that same day, the army officer's friend, a corporal, tricked her into a room and raped her.

Wyatt said she had a hand-shaped bruise on her neck and reported it, but nobody took her seriously.

She said she had to go to a hospital and requested her own rape kit.

She was transferred to another base and never found out the results of the investigation -- only a clue from a hospital administrator.

"He told me my command was talking to the JAGs to see what they could do to cover their asses," said Wyatt.
 
It's the type of non-action that is raising concerns in the wake of new Pentagon numbers estimating the number of military sexual assaults jumped from 19,300 to 26,000 assaults in the last two years, despite a series of policies and campaigns aimed the solving the problem.  

Wyatt was medically retired last year for injuries related to a training accident. She contends she was forced out because she was making too much noise.

The Navy has yet comment on her accusations.

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