As his haze lifted, he recognized the woman who ordered him to sleep the night before as a friend of a friend. He remembered she asked for a ride home after their mutual friend left the nightclub where they'd been partying.
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What he didn't remember was saying "yes."
The morning after, that familiar voice told him that he could hurt the baby if he put up a fight. Then she forced herself on him again. A few minutes later it was over.
One night in a motel twin bed turned into years of self-examination. Landrith had been ra.p.ed. That was 1990. Since then, Landrith -- a former Marine based at Camp Lejeune -- has spoken out on behalf of s.e.xual assault victims, in particular men who were victimized by women. He didn't seek prosecution of his alleged rapist, but he wants other victims to feel free to talk about sexual assault and pursue justice without shame.
"I want people to understand that it's not about how physically strong you are," he says. "We [men] are conditioned to believe that we cannot be victimized in such a way."