Jennifer Norris speaks at the National Press Club

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

Is rape the new DADT? It sure is in the Coast Guard

repost from feministing.com Melissa, United States Air Force I am writing regarding an incident on the Open Guard USCG Facebook group page on July 26, 2012. A Coast Guard reserve member within the LGB community felt safe enough with Open Guard USCG to come out as a rape survivor. She expressed how she felt her … Continue reading Is rape the new DADT? It sure is in the Coast Guard

Coast Guard Lieutenant call women in the Coast Guard “skanky” and feels that rape survivors do not deserve an investigation.

Donna Moore, United States Coast Guard family memberI work as a rape crisis counselor at a University with a large population of students that are also veterans. Currently a third of my caseload are veterans with military sexual trauma that are adjusting to life as students and as rape victims. My military background includes two … Continue reading Coast Guard Lieutenant call women in the Coast Guard “skanky” and feels that rape survivors do not deserve an investigation.

Coast Guardsman raped, ignored.

Amanda, United States Coast Guard March 15, 2012 I was awaken by a Coast Guard Ensign that had one hand over my mouth and one hand playing with my clitoris. I could not scream and I struggled to get away from him hitting my head on the top rack. After what seemed like forever he … Continue reading Coast Guardsman raped, ignored.

Coast Guardswoman raped, beaten May 2012.

Anonymous, United States Coast Guard I was raped in May of this year. My rapist and I were both drinking. I am 20 years old and he is 19. I woke up naked and in a lot of pain in my shipmate's room. There was a used condom on the floor. I asked my rapist … Continue reading Coast Guardswoman raped, beaten May 2012.

Wall of Shame: United States Coast Guard Shawn M. Wren

Shawn Wren was hired by the United States Coast Guard to assist all sexual assault and rape survivors and also to develop training programs to prevent sexual assaults in the Coast Guard. Unfortunately, many survivors feel that she failed in her position. Rape survivors came forward that phone calls to Shawn Wren has not been … Continue reading Wall of Shame: United States Coast Guard Shawn M. Wren

Military Sexual Trauma Memorial Garden

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