Active Duty, United States Coast Guard I was raped and chose unrestricted reporting. My Chief and others told me that they would stand by me and that my assailant is going to go to prison. They saw my injuries and knew of "the history" of my assailant that they promised that they would testify against … Continue reading Active Duty Coast Guardsman face retaliation for seeking treatment for rape.
Jennifer Norris, Maine Director of the Military Rape Crisis Center speech at a recent press conference hosted by Protect Our Defenders. Jennifer was in Washington DC with other sexual assault survivors of the military asking elected Congressional leaders to conduct a full investigation on how the DoD is addressing rape and sexual assault in the … Continue reading Jennifer Norris speaks at the National Press Club
Wednesday, May 30, 2012, marks the fifth observation of Military Sexual Trauma Awareness Day http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/30/1095847/-Military-Sexual-Trauma-An-Epidemic
Panayiota Bertzikis, United States Coast Guard This is a post that is so difficult to write. This is a post that I wish that I did not have to write. I wish instead that I were standing watch on a 210’. I wish instead that I were working on my qualification to make it as … Continue reading Military Sexual Trauma Memorial Garden
It all started when a local newspaper published my rape story. I was called into James Freeman office to be told by James Freeman, Lt. Patricia Tutalo, Lt. Thomas Gwilliam and Commander Joseph Segalla to no longer speak to others about my rape. They were angry that I, an E-3 took it upon herself to … Continue reading Introduction