A soldier is telling his story in a bid to highlight how sexual abuse of soldiers has long been a hidden issue for some gay men.
The soldier, who asked not to be identified, said he joined the army in the late 1970s when the Vietnam War was raging.
He left the military in 2007 after a year of service and has been a military police officer in New Zealand since 2009.
He said he was raped and sodomized by a man who was a police officer.
The soldier, now 31, said the abuse happened over several years when he was a young soldier and a veteran.
He said he and his then-girlfriend, who was 16 at the time, were living in Auckland in the 1990s.
They dated for a year and moved to a flat in Auckland, where he worked as a police constable, before he moved back to New Zealand in 2013.
The New Zealand military is one of the only places where gay men are allowed to openly serve openly.
It has strict rules on how long soldiers can remain in the country, and they must not openly date other soldiers.
The military also has an extensive system to detect and prosecute sexual abuse.
The rules are strict, but New Zealanders have long known that such a law is not applied evenly.
“The fact that the rules are so strict is why the problem of sexual abuse has been so pervasive,” said the soldier, adding that he knew about the rules.
The military does not have a system to track abuse of gay soldiers, and the military has never confirmed any of the soldier’s accounts.
The Ministry of Defence declined to comment on the soldier who spoke to Bloomberg.
The army did not respond to requests for comment.