#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

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

Raped at Coast Guard Station South Portland, Maine

I joined the U.S. Coast Guard October 31, 1983. After graduating boot camp, I was assigned to a small boat station in South Portland, Maine. It was there that I was brutally raped and told that if I told anyone that my face would be cut up with a knife. The rape was reported and … Continue reading Raped at Coast Guard Station South Portland, Maine

Recently separated Coast Guard veteran demanding changes in how the Coast Guard handles rape cases.

I was separated from the Coast Guard because I reported a rape. I am not ready to share my story.  I do want to share these four concerns that I feel should be addressed by the Congress. 1. I was forced to pay out of pocket to attend my own Article 32 hearing. I was … Continue reading Recently separated Coast Guard veteran demanding changes in how the Coast Guard handles rape cases.

Rape Culture at the Coast Guard Academy

When Rear Admiral Sandra L. Stosz was questioned about the increase of sexual violence at the Coast Guard Academy she released the following statement: "At a time when they're exploring their identity, it's somewhat natural to have people experiment with what it takes to attract a person of the opposite sex. If, one time, a … Continue reading Rape Culture at the Coast Guard Academy

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

Military Rape Crisis Center Press US Coast Guard to improve Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

By Panayiota Bertzikis One in three women as well as many men in the Coast Guard are going to fall victim of sexual assault and rape. While a lot of focus has been on the Department of Defense to make changes, the United States Coast Guard-which falls under the Department of Homeland Security has been … Continue reading Military Rape Crisis Center Press US Coast Guard to improve Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Active Duty Coast Guardsman: “Women are not treated equally in the Coast Guard.”

Non-rate, United States Coast Guard I knew of the rape problems that the military has but my recruiter ensured me that it was all DoD problems and that the Coast Guard is the "most women-friendly" branch of service. My recruiter said that unlike the DoD all of the jobs in the Coast Guard are open … Continue reading Active Duty Coast Guardsman: “Women are not treated equally in the Coast Guard.”