• The United States Coast Guard Academy  reports 10% of all female cadets  experienced unwanted sexual contact, a 2% increase from the previous year. More than half of the women that reported sexual abuse had said  alcohol and/or drugs were used as a tool to commit these crimes.   Unwanted sexual contact includes a range of behaviors, from sexual assault [...]

  • 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 exempt from having to [...]

  • Panayiota Bertzikis wrote a new blog post: Coast Guard falls behind on Gender Equality   3 years ago · View

    Our highest leadership is 93.3% men. We are proud of our continued success in equality! This is exactly what the United States Coast Guard boasted about on August 26, 2011 on their official blog. According to the Coast Guard this is what equality looks like:

    13.7% of the Coast Guard workforce are women 13.2% of the Coast Guard enlisted workforce [...]

  • ThumbnailMore than 130 U.S military women have died in Afghanistan and Iraq. Of the 130 deaths, 50 of them the Department of Defense has classified as noncombat related. From those at least 20 of the noncombat deaths are considered suspicious involving the mysterious deaths of servicewomen after reporting a sexual assault or rape. Many more service [...]

  • Panayiota Bertzikis wrote a new blog post: Failing our service members that been sexually assaulted.   3 years, 7 months ago · View

    ThumbnailThe Department of Defense (DOD) spent millions on their Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program to help combat what is currently a sexual assault epidemic in the United States Armed Forces. They distributed posters with slogans such as “hurt one, affects all” to all United States Military Bases worldwide. Aside from the posters they formed new positions [...]

  • I was raped and they said that I wanted it then they said that I was lying then they went back to saying that I asked for it so I told them to make up their mind – Was my rape a lie or did I do something to ‘get myself raped’? and they went back to contradicting themselves ; [...]

  • Panayiota Bertzikis wrote a new blog post: Reporting a sexual assault in the United States Coast Guard   3 years, 8 months ago · View

    A man or woman is assaulted in the Coast Guard, they report it, are treated with respect and dignity and have a wealth of information and resources available to them to be able to heal from an assault, their entire command and fellow shipmates are sympathetic, they see their assailant be sent to the brig for [...]

  • Panayiota Bertzikis became a registered member   3 years, 8 months ago · View

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