Stephanie Schroeder, Anna Moore, Jenny McClendon and Panayiota Bertzikis

Rape Victims Say Military Labels Them ‘Crazy’


David S. Martin
April 14, 2012


Stephanie Schroeder joined the U.S. Marine Corps not long after 9/11. She was a 21-year-old with an associate’s degree when she reported for boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina.

“I felt like it was the right thing to do,” Schroeder recalls.

A year and a half later, the Marines diagnosed her with a personality disorder and deemed her psychologically unfit for the Corps.

Anna Moore enlisted in the Army after 9/11 and planned to make a career of it. Moore was a Patriot missile battery operator in Germany when she was diagnosed with a personality disorder and dismissed from the Army.

Jenny McClendon was serving as a sonar operator on a Navy destroyer when she received her personality disorder diagnosis.

These women joined different branches of the military but they share a common experience:

Each received the psychiatric diagnosis and military discharge after reporting a sexual assault.

To read the full article at the CNN web site, click here.


Additional Reporting:

Is the Military Labeling Rape Survivors as “Crazy” to Get Rid of Them?  Feministing, April 16, 2012

Rape Victims in Military Given Personality Disorder Diagnosis and Discharged,  The Masculine Heart,  April 15, 2012

Military May Be Gaslighting Sexual Assault Victims, Jezebel, April 14, 2012