The case of soldier Vanessa Guillén, recently assassinated at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, sparked controversy and hundreds of complaints. One of these allegations was that of Astrid Rivera, the host of Despierta América, who joined the # YoSoyVanessaGuillén campaign and recounted the harassment she suffered when she was a soldier in the United States Army.
In an interview with People en Español magazine, the Univisión reporter said that she feels identified with the Guillén case, although she admits that she was lucky not to end up like her.
“I felt very identified because I was in the Army. I did not disappear, but I was reflected in Vanessa. I was 20 years old, the same age as me when I started the whole process in the army. I know what it is to live on a military base and share with other soldiers, “he assured.
On the case of the murdered soldier, he said: “It is a very regrettable fact and it hurts me a lot that this has to happen for another movement to be created that should have originated years ago.”
Years later, now 36 years old, the Puerto Rican driver broke the silence. “Violent attitudes and violent treatment on the part, not of the comrades, but of the superiors within the army, are things that should not happen. In my case I remember when I was running that they told me ‘bastard runs’,’ no you’re going to make it, ‘”he confessed.
The presenter also promptly recounted the sexual harassment to which she was subjected in the army. “I had a sergeant who hinted at my buttocks to minimize my ability to run inside the battalion. He told me: ‘you silly spider, with those big buttocks you will not be able to run.’ You get a lot of trauma to your head. I left eating certain things to run faster. That is sexual harassment because you don’t have to hint at any woman’s body part, much less to minimize her ability, especially when you are her superior and you are the person who is training her to move it to another level, “he revealed.