Message from Panayiota Bertzikis

Greetings, You are about to read actual first person testimonies of sex abuse in the United States military. A lot of the survivors do go into details about their sexual assault, rape and the military response to the sexual violence.  Reading these testimonies might be upsetting to survivors of sexual violence. Please take that into … Continue reading Message from Panayiota Bertzikis

#MeToo in the #USCG

Survivors of sexual violence had their personal autonomy taken away from them by their perpetrator during the time of the attack. It is our responsibility--as a society to create the space needed for survivors to regain their sense of self and to help them recover from their assaults. #MeToo helped the nation remove a layer … Continue reading #MeToo in the #USCG

Racism, rape in the Arizona National Guard

I joined the National Guard in 2015 because I needed the money for school. I worked a bit after high school but were not able to save enough to go to college.  When a recruiter met with me and told me that I was able to go to school and "only had to commit to … Continue reading Racism, rape in the Arizona National Guard

We Know How You Girls Like To Have Fun

Suzanne, USMC It was the eve before my 20th birthday, I had been telling everyone it's almost my birthday, I'd always been excited for my birthday. A few male marines told me they would be at a hotel we all used to hang out at and I should stop by. I didn't know them and … Continue reading We Know How You Girls Like To Have Fun

PTSD and the Coast Guard

Coast Guard Spouse, United States Coast Guard My wife is currently stationed with an ANT Team. Last August she was breaking in as one of the coxswains on the boat. Unfortunately, she was involved in a mishap. She took for blame for the mishap since she was driving the boat. After the incident, her command … Continue reading PTSD and the Coast Guard

The U.S Navy’s Response to Sexual Violence in 2017: Blame the victim. Don’t charge perpetrator.

Anonymous, United States Navy I was 18 and thought I knew it all. Fresh out of Navy boot camp and away from my strict Guardian I was ready to live my life the way that I thought I should be able to live it. I was finally allowed to leave the base for the weekend … Continue reading The U.S Navy’s Response to Sexual Violence in 2017: Blame the victim. Don’t charge perpetrator.

Lack of Recourse for Wrongfully Discharged US Military Rape Survivors

Over the past several years, in response to public pressure, the US military has made a concerted effort to improve how it handles sexual assault cases. Many of the reforms have provided important additional resources and protections for service members who are sexually assaulted while in service. Other policy changes have made it more difficult … Continue reading Lack of Recourse for Wrongfully Discharged US Military Rape Survivors

Raped while on deployment in Guantanamo Bay.

I’ve only been in the army less than a year at the time, when my company was set to deploy to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I was so excited to be going on my first deployment. It was July, and we had been there a month, and I had decided to volunteer at a local thrift … Continue reading Raped while on deployment in Guantanamo Bay.

Pentagon misled lawmakers on military sexual assault cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon misled Congress by using inaccurate or vague information about sexual assault cases to blunt support for a Senate bill that would make a major change in how the military handles allegations of sexual misconduct, an Associated Press investigation found. Internal government records that summarized the outcomes of dozens of cases … Continue reading Pentagon misled lawmakers on military sexual assault cases

Soldier raped in Korea

Anonymous, United States Army I joined the military at 18 because my mother was sick. She died when I was 19yrs old in A.I.T. Two months later I was sent to Korea after being there a month I was raped by a top-ranking soldier. I was already devastated by the death of my mother this … Continue reading Soldier raped in Korea