This whole situation has been disparaging towards my service, my assault, my care and now my future. I still cannot fathom the contemptuous behavior of the Corps towards me from the moment I reported, along the way when I sought care and now a final infliction to hinder my care post service. This has certainly dimmed the bright future I once envisioned.
I feel overwhelmed and worried, I dare say discouraged. But the one thing I cling to and they cannot take away is my hope, my faith, and liberty.
I love the Marine Corps, I love that I was able to find refuge in a country as a young girl and had the chance to serve. My ideals and adoration and trust were stripped from me on August 25, 2015 from a superior in the USMC, which eventually crippled my ability to serve. I sought care, I reached out, I reported—I did all the right things a victim of an assault should do but ultimately I was failed physically, morally, and ethically.
This is not justice. For the time being, I cannot say much more but I will say thank you to those trusted advisors, those prayer warriors, those advocates and those righting the wrongs I have experienced. I have a deep affection and appreciation for you all that see me, Thae Ohu, a daughter, sister, survivor, and warrior.
Please continue to pray, may God hear us and protect us today and always.
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Thae Ohu is one of eight siblings, and one of two (alongside Pan Phyu who serves as Active Duty Navy) that joined the United States military. Just as Pan did, Thae wanted to honor their father, hoping to give back to the community. The family comes from Burma ( politically known as Myanmar) as refugees, to build a better life than what their home country had to offer. We need justice for this warrior.
Thae Ohu is an avid believer in God, as a daughter of the King, she has built their relationship from a very young age. Having grown up as a Buddhist, she was exposed to different religions as a child. However, she reveres His Word, and commits daily to act on behalf of Him. She has so much love for others, and is quick to forgive. As a daughter, she encourages others to find their spirituality with God.
Thae Ohu proudly wanted to serve her country, and honor her father; who was a Commander in the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF), who fought for political freedom, and human rights. Long before she joined the United States Marine Corps, she was involved in JROTC in high school at Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Thae Ohu was raped by an immediate superior on August 25, 2015; yet continued to serve in the same office for 6-months after the incident. After years of trying to keep her life together in spite of the trauma; she eventually advocated for herself, and began to seek mental health therapy. She is strong, and courageous because she advocated for herself without the support of her command; yet the Marine Corps chose to criminalize a victim, and ignore the care she needed to process her trauma.
She strived to better herself, and her leadership by volunteering in the Underserved Teen Victim Initiative training program with the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. This was published by The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana of August 2010. Even as a teenager, Thae wanted to help the biggest challenges that faces teens, especially within the refugee communities. She appeared on a Ted Talk, and advocated for solutions for bullying when met with differences in faith, orientation, or gender. Her whole life she has been fighting for social justice...now she needs you to join the fight with her.