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Coast Guard: Rape Survivors Should Not be Locked Up in Janitor Closets
  • Petitioned Rep John Mica

This petition was delivered to:

Rep John Mica
Shawn Wren
Carri Tuck
Captain Verne Gifford
Commandant
Gregg Marsili
Rhode Island Governor
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Rhode Island State Senate
Rhode Island State House
Rhode Island-01
Rep. David Cicilline

Coast Guard: Rape Survivors Should Not be Locked Up in Janitor Closets

    1. Petition by

      support survivors

      Medford, MA

We are requesting Chief Gregg Marsili to be investigated for locking a rape survivor in the janitor closet.

See the photo above? That is a picture of a janitor closet. That is where you store your brooms and not where you lock up a rape survivor in for reporting a brutal rape. However that is exactly what one Chief in the United States Coast Guard did.

According to witnesses the alleged victim was bruised up and "bleeding from the head" when Chief Gregg Marsili decided that it'll be best to lock up the rape survivor in the closet instead of sending her to the hospital for medical attention and a rape kit.

The Chief that did this to her is still serving in a leadership position in the Coast Guard and has never been reprimanded, not even with a negative page 7 (official letter of counseling). We are requesting Chief Gregg Marsili to be investigated for locking a rape survivor in the janitor closet.

Rape is a serious crime that affects as many as one in three women in the Coast Guard. According to the Military Rape Crisis Center, states that 92% of that who report rape in the Coast Guard are involuntarily discharged from service.  The same study shows that less than 10% of all rape allegations end up in "some sort of judicial punishment". According to the study reports of early retirement (with full benefits) or be restricted on base for several weeks are often given to convicted perpetrator in lieu of prison. These punishments also does not require the convicted perpetrator to be required to register as a sex offender. The problem of sexual assault is not going to go away as long as you allow rapists to go into the community or back into the ranks to recommit these violent hate crimes.

 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Coast Guard dismissed advocacy work from Congress, change.org, others.

      support survivors
      Petition Organizer

      The United States Congress has spoken about the rape case involving locking a rape survivor in the closet. Instead of taking actions to investigate and protect future servicewomen from being abused by the Chief, the United States Coast Guard dismissed the advocacy work from the United States Congress and instead honored him in an attempt to "shut up the Congress" and all who involved in helping bring awareness to the Chief's unethical behavior.

      The Coast Guard in this action has shown that they do not take sexual assault or rape allegations, nor care to protect rape survivors from rape apologists.

      We are at almost 500 signatures and the Coast Guard still refuse to investigate. Investigate and hold the wrong do-ers accountable!

    3. support survivors
      Petition Organizer

      A man in the Coast Guard witnessed a sexual assault. Even though his response may be controversial with many feeling that he should have fought harder to help the survivor it shows the barriers that not only survivors have for reporting an assault but also those that may have witnessed being faced with threats from the Coast Guard.

    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. support survivors
      Petition Organizer

      230 signatures in less than 3 days. This is outstanding. Thank you all. Keep on referring your friends. The Coast Guard needs to hold accountable those that abuse their rank to abuse their shipmates.

    6. support survivors
      Petition Organizer

      100 signatures in one day. Keep the momentum going. Share this petition with your friends and ask them to support rape survivors in the Coast Guard.

    7. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Bobbie McKinney MARYSVILLE, WA
      • 8 months ago

      I am a US Navy rape survivor

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    • Emily Pike MUSKOGEE, OK
      • 8 months ago

      THIS IS WHAT WOMEN HAVE TO FACE IN THE MILITARY TODAY AND IT NEEDS TO END NOW!!! START PUNISHING THE PERPS AND STOP BLAMING THE VICTIM!

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    • KATHLEEN BOYD STEILACOOM, WA
      • 8 months ago

      Why is this man still in uniform and not in prison? Why are you requesting Gregg Marsili be investigated when you should DEMAND IT IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS? Request? Are you serious? DEMAND IT! NOW!

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    • Mary Kelley Richard NEW DURHAM, NH
      • 8 months ago

      I am a Coast Guard veteran. I also survived a rape. I have known thousands of survivors of military sexual crimes. It is very important to participate in changing these unjust & cruel practices in the military. Proper treatment, & severe judicial punishment is the only way currently, to prevent future sexual crimes. Automatically discharging survivors, who might recover & want to continue to serve, instead of losing their careers, is better policy.

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    • Alexis Luttrull NASHVILLE, IN
      • about 1 year ago

      Stop Perpetuating Rape Culture!

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