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Dear Mary: My wife told me she was raped six years ago, just after we met

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When I was 23 years old I joined the US Corps. Very early in my career I met a remarkable young woman. She was 19, and had already been in the military for a few months. We got to know each other, and eventually began dating.

Her childhood was a very difficult one. Her parents were separated and abusive. She joined the military to get away from home and to be a part of a real family. She keeps her hair as short as allowed in the US Corps, and has a very boyish face and body type. She is quite naive about the world and people, eager to make friends and be close with others.

Before we met I had some relationships and sexual experience. Before me, she had one very casual boyfriend with no sex, and one serious girlfriend with some sex.