A 300- pound medic straddled a pygmy woman in a Southeast Asia hospital during Vietnam. It was the early morning, and I (an Air Force medic) and the larger medic were transporting the pygmy woman on her gurney to x-ray. When the elevator got stuck, he swiftly jumped on top of her. Why was he straddling her body, pounding his fists into her? I heard a low “buzz” and experienced the sense that the room was spinning. “Stop! I yelled. But I couldn’t make my voice loud. I couldn’t make myself move to push him off. …

Katrina Miller

Katrina Miller, PhD, is a Marriage & Family Therapist and an assistant professor at the University of Phoenix. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store