“If I told them that my house was broken into, not one person would question me, blame me, or say that I was lying. But when I say that my body was broken into, people automatically feel that they have the right to judge me, to doubt me, and to blame me.” What a profound statement by Seaman Bertzikis. She has now started the Military Rape Crisis Center to help her fellow colleagues and victims. Turning pain into purpose, she is truly an American shero.
Seaman Bertzikis’s story shows the urgent need to protect servicemembers from abuse.”
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) , April 13, 2011
Panayiota founded Military Rape Crisis Center (MRCC) in August 2006 as a direct response to the lack of support after her rape from her command in the U.S Coast Guard. It has since grown to be the largest organization offering direct services to survivors of military sexual trauma. Military Rape Crisis Center has representatives in almost every state and at U.S military bases overseas.
Military Rape Crisis Center serves survivors, their family and friends, and professionals. The free and confidential services include medical advocacy, support groups, legal services, case management, community education and professional training.
Centers located in:
Phoenix, AZ (We’re Hiring!)
Cambridge, MA (We’re Hiring!)
San Diego, CA
You can find more information about Military Rape Crisis Center and request assistance here. On Facebook.