first_imgI feel discriminated against. Stormy Daniels, Bill Cosby, the president’s physician, countless movie stars and the spouses of highly paid athletes — just some of those alleged to have suffered or of having committed the very trendy act of abuse.  Well, just hold on. I was abused, too. At the age of 17, papers were signed giving me a four-year, all-expense paid educational scholarship. What a break. What luck. Several months later, a couple hundred guys my age headed by train (I still wonder why that rail trip was not first-class.) to a place in South Carolina. It was the month of June, just three days after my high school graduation. Sunny skies, warm weather, and my buddies and I were headed for 13 weeks of all sorts of physical activities to keep us from being bored. We arrived at the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot — at midnight — that bewitching hour which immediately captured our attention.  Just think — “Parris” and croissants. Nope. Instead, we were met with some very rude guys wearing Smokey-the-Bear hats and yelling obscenities at us faster than little pieces of chocolate shooting out of an M&Ms assembly line. You talk of abuse. For the next three months, if I would have been able to make a phone call, I would have contacted an attorney. Oh, there was no real documentation of physical abuse, and in those days, none of us had an iPhone.  My ego was utterly destroyed, tramped on and thrown into the mud like some discarded candy wrapper. The guys in the Smokey-the-Bear hats zeroed in on me as though I was a target of some high-flying drone. I felt harassed, taken advantage of and thought myself to be the object of some evil predator. Is it too late to sue?Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

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