In 2008, after nearly 20 years of silence James Landrith decided to open up and speak out about his experience as a rape survivors. He was drugged, raped and then blackmailed into silence by a female friend of a friend while on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. As Landrith has been involved in civil liberties work for years, it was a natural progression for him to add sexual violence work to his agenda. He had already acquired a thick skin from years of publishing The Multiracial Activist and The Abolitionist Examiner magazines online as well as participating in multiple civil liberties coalitions and efforts to include a U.S. Supreme Court case.
Since then, Landrith has blogged about his own experience and related topics frequently on multiple websites, in addition for writing for online publications. He has been interviewed or quoted online, via podcast and for print publication to include CNN, The Atlantic, Role Reboot, To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe on PBS, and The Huffington Post’s HuffPost Live webcast on a few occasions. As an active member of the speakers bureau for RAINN and speaker/trainer for the Survivors Caucus of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, Landrith has visited college campuses, youth groups and churches to discuss rape myths, survivor needs and participate in panel discussions on sexual and domestic violence.
His story has been adapted for use by the Empowerment Theatre on stage. In addition, Landrith was interviewed for a video segment that is shown during Precious Porter’s powerful one-woman performance of “No More Drama: Love Should Not Hurt”, which was recently performed/screened for a group of over 3,000 attendees in Atlanta, Georgia and is shown annually at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 2012, author Susan Mac Nichol used Landrith’s survivor experience as source material for the rape of her male protaganist in the novel “Cassandra by Starlight“. In addition, the United States Marine Corps has used his own story for their bystander intervention training program.
Online, Landrith is a moderator for the Facebook group associated with the healing handbook Resurrection After Rape. For over 2 years, he served as a Section Moderator at Pandora’s Aquarium, one of the largest online mixed gender rape survivor communities, with members on several continents. He has served on the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance’s Code Work Group. Offline, he serves as a secondary survivor for several female and male survivors who have done the same for him. He currently works as a staffer with the Department of Defense Safe Helpline and serves as Vice President of Men Recovering from Military Sexual Trauma.