Feminist in Combat Boots

I took an Oath to protect the Constitution. Now here are my Constitutional rights. Written by Isabella Francis Mazotti


Some SARCs were upset that we put all SARCs in one group and talked badly about them so now I am going to write about specific SARCs that failed our survivors.

We received many complaints against 1st Lt Kelly Sullivan Souza. She was temporary incharged of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program which many credit Souza for running it to the ground. Several survivors who have tried to work with her reported not having their phone calls returned, being forced out of the office so that Souza can go to lunch and one survivor even reports that Souza reverse the roles and found herself offering support to Souza, who was newly married and was facing her husband being deployed. We don’t really care what is going on in your personal life, do your job and leave your personal problems at home.

A survivor report that she was given information about a male-combat veteran yoga program which she found very triggering considering her rapist was a male-combat vet instead of programs specifically for sexual assault survivors. The yoga program according to Souza was for the survivor “to get over the rape”. I checked the website and the yoga program is the only local program that is advertised on the website–it is also run by a Massachusetts National Guardsman Jag officer so it seems to me that advertising for their own officers instead of doing what is best for a survivor. Ethically not right. Shame on you. Rape survivors should come before pleasing a military officer.

1st Lt Kelly Sullivan Souza, you failed Massachusetts, you failed rape survivors and you failed the Army.

If you feel that your SARC was horrific and want to nominate him/her email me and tell me why she should be listed here. If you feel that your SARC was awersome we’ll love to hear from you too.



  1. anon February 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    you forgot to mention that she called me a victim and told me that I was not a survivor. She also made fun of a service member from MANG that passed away.

  2. J February 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    This is the controversial yoga program: http://thereandback-again.org/

    According to the website it was started by an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corp (JAG) in the U.S. Army Reserves. They did not specifically say Massachusetts Army National Guard but I can certainly see how there is a conflict of interest and how you feel that rape survivors are 2nd to pleasing a military officer.

    I looked through the website and it looks like it can be a very triggering program for military sexual assault survivors and should not be an option for MST survivors even if they themselves are combat veteran.

    Some wonderful programs for Massachusetts National Guard MST survivors are the VA and the Vet Centers. Locations could be found here: http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/rpt_fac_list.cfm?isflash=0 Every Vet Center should have on staff someone specifically to deal with Military Sexual Trauma. It is hit or miss I know the one in Boston is great.

    The Military Rape Crisis Center with a clinic in Cambridge, MA and support groups throughout the state: http://www.stopmilitaryrape.org They are great cause they do travel and would serve as victim advocates. They also have a team of lawyers, mental health professionals and others who specialize in Military Sexual Trauma. All they do is help those with Military Sexual Trauma so they the nation’s leaders in the cause.

    Panayiota knows of a yoga program specifically for rape survivors in the western part of the state. Perhaps she can post the information on here.

  3. Zev February 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I fully support naming the names of people who are contributing to this problem. Along with that, specific examples of the shit that’s gone wrong is critical in getting this problem fixed. Good on ya.

  4. panayiotabertzikis February 2, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I may be in the minority here but publicly naming her name is not helping the cause.

    Anyway as for the yoga. Yes, there is a group that hold workshops for rape survivors in the Springfield area. They offer free 8 weeks (maybe it 12 weeks) program for sexual assault survivors in the community. I did refer one person to the program and even though she was the only one with MST she loved it and found it very helpful. They offer the workshops two or three times a year and I need to look through my files for their brochure and contact info but I am working away from the office today so i’ll get it to you as soon as I find their brochure.

    I also found that the Trauma Center offers yoga for rape survivors. Their website is: http://www.traumacenter.org/clients/yoga_svcs.php I do not have any experience with their yoga program but I have worked with both on a professional level and had received services on a personal level from them in the past and I love them. If their yoga program is anything like the rest of their program I’m sure it’ll be a wonderful resource. If anyone does go there or been there I would love to hear feedback.

  5. Brianna February 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I hope that they remove that resource on their website and replace it with something for rape survivors. They also seem to have corrected most of the contact info but there still errors. Only one email gets bounce back now. Correct that and remove THere and Back again from your website and then maybe you’ll be serious about sexual assault. Also help the woman that was raped just last month for god sakes!

  6. Alex February 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Who is lisa ahaesy?

  7. panayiotabertzikis February 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Lisa is a public affair officer from the Massachusetts Army National Guard. I have met her many times. She was always nice to me. Is there a sexual assault case that she involved me that I should know about?

  8. CD February 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    The picture on this page is very triggering: http://thereandback-again.org/services/veteran-services/

    Not even the website is safe for someone with MST.

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