Caged Eyes

Caged Eyes

An Air Force Cadet's Story of Rape and Resilience

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An insider's account of misogyny and rape in the US military and her extraordinary path to recovery and activism

Desperate to realize her childhood dream of being an astronaut, Lynn K. Hall was an enthusiastic young cadet. For Hall, the military offered an escape from her chaotic home--her erratic mother, absent biological father, and a man she called "dad" who sexually abused her. Resolute and committed to the Air Force Academy, Hall survived the ordeals of a first-year cadet: intense hazing from upperclassmen, grueling physical training, and demanding coursework. But she's dismissed from the Academy when, after being raped by an upperclassman and contracting herpes, she is diagnosed with meningitis and left with chronic and debilitating pain.

Betrayed by the Academy and overcome with shame, Hall candidly recounts her loss of self, the dissociation from her body and the forfeiture of her individuality as a result of the military's demands and her perpetrator's abuse. Forced to leave the military and return to the civilian world, Hall turns to extreme sports to cope with and overcome PTSD and chronic pain. She, in turn, reclaims herself on the mountain trails of the Colorado Rockies.

An intimate account of grappling with shame and a misogynistic culture that condones rape and blames victims, Caged Eyes is also a transformative story of how it's possible to help yourself and others in the aftermath of a profound injustice.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780807089330
Branch Call Number: 362.883092 Hall
Characteristics: xv, 253 pages ; 23 cm

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Apr 18, 2017

Lynn Hall, the author, did a super job writing about her experiences before she signed up for the military, and what she went through in her first year cadet. It was an eye opener for what goes on, especially for women as this book exposes the rape culture and misogyny within the US military.
The book also helped me understand why even as young adults, rape and abuse, many keep to themselves, the shame they live in and how it can happen over and over again by different people and how the victims are the ones often blamed.

A book everyone should read.

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StarGladiator
Nov 14, 2016

Yet another book, among many, as to why military academies should be abolished. They serve no valid purpose, excepting as mental masturbatory clubs for the cognitively stunted. The best officers never go through the academy system, although they may gain the fastest or most conducive rank.
And military academies - - historically speaking to the present - - tend not endow morality or noble purpose - - and the exceptionalism they do promote is contrary to the mandatory groupthink of the services.

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Apr 18, 2017

runningbeat thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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