Sailor Teased With Anti-Gay Comments After Reporting Possible Rape

In one of the first reported anti-gay hazing incidents since the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” a submariner was the target of anti-gay comments, called “Brokeback” and teased about coming out of the closet. The sailor, who had earlier reported being threatened with a knife in an attempted rape in Diego Garcia, faced the harassment during a group training session on the military’s new policy on homosexuality. An investigative report obtained by the Associated Press reveals that the case, which resulted in the firing of the top enlisted officer on a nuclear submarine, was started by gay jokes about the sailor who reported the attempted rape. The Navy said the officer, Master Chief Machinist’s Mate Charles Berry, was not involved in the hazing but had knowledge of it and failed to report it to his chain of command.