Here’s a very interesting story… ” Rape victims say the military labels them as ‘crazy’ “.
Four women were interviewed and although they joined different branches of the military they happen to share a very common experience. Stephanie Schroeder joined the U.S. Marine Corps, Anne Moore inlisted in the Army, while Jenny McClendon joined the Navy and Panayiota Bertziki was a member of the Coast Guard. Each of these women claimed they were raped, each received a psychiatric diagnosis and shortly thereafter, each were discharged from the military after reporting a sexual assault.
-Schroeder claims a fellow Marine followed her into a bathroom, then began punching her, ripping her pants off and raped her.
-Moore says a non commissioned officer tried to rape her, but once she tried to report it, her first sergeant tore up her paperwork and basically told her to forget about it, as if it never happened.
-McClendon was raped by a superior. Soon after she reported it, she was diagnosed with a personality disorder and told she was unfit to serve.
-Bertziki was forced out of the Coast Guard while receiving an adjustment disorder diagnosis after reporting that she had been punched in the face and raped by a shipmate.
U.S. Defense of Secretary, Leon Panetta exclaims, “The number of sexual assaults in the military is unacceptable.”
In 2011 nearly 3,191 military sexual assaults were reported. However, given that most are not reported, the Pentagon estimates a little closer to 19,000!! How disturbing???
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