“After 25 years in professional wrestling, I really thought I knew pain,” Mick Foley said before a crowd of Army trainees and their commanders. “I was wrong. Every week on the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, I bear witness to the type of pain I can only guess at.”
Before hundreds of soldiers in training at Fort Lee in Virginia, Foley, a former WWE world champion, and now a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council and volunteer for the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, spoke of the dire mental health effects — such as PTSD, depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders — that victims of sexual assault often face.
Foley, who has been active in veterans’ issues as well as helping victims of sexual assault, urged the soldiers to help prevent sexual violence as well as help victims of this serious crime: “If you see someone who might need help, don't simply walk away and assume everything will be okay,” Foley suggested. "Intervene! Speak up. Help the potential victim get to a safer place.”
“This is a fight that can be won with tools as simple as education and understanding,” Foley told the soldiers