Dear Associated Press

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“March 8th, 2012

Ms. Sally Buzbee

1100 13th St NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20005-4076

Dear Ms. Buzbee,

Last week, my life was in the headlines of news sources across the country.  No, my name was technically never printed but plenty of identifiers and intimate details were presented for the public to scrutinize.

I am Sandi Giver and I was the victim in the articles covering “Navy Sailor Acquitted of all Charges in Rape Case against Peace Corps Volunteer”.

I am not new to the reality of injustice.  Rape has no boundaries on location, perpetrator, or whom the violating act preys upon.  For years I have worked in the states as well as overseas with women who have lived through atrocities.  The last two years in Uganda were spent working with formerly abducted by the LRA, sex slaves, child mothers, former child soldiers, orphans and vulnerable children.  I have dedicated my life to serving others while progressing towards positive change.

I have advocated on behalf of others and now I am advocating for myself.

Please help me.

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Navy Sailor Acquitted of all Charges in Rape Case against Peace Corps Volunteer

On November 5th, 2010, I was raped by a member of the United States Navy in Kampala, Uganda, where I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  You may have read about my incident recently in any number of news sources under the title “Navy Sailor Acquitted of all Charges in Rape Case against Peace Corps Volunteer.”   I am writing this today in an effort to provide some context to this case and to address a number of misleading statements that appeared in most of these articles.

First and foremost, my name is Sandi Giver and despite the defenses claims that I fabricated this story to avoid the shame and humiliation associated with a “one night stand” I am not the one whom shame belongs to on account of being raped.  What I am ashamed of is the treatment I received by the United States Navy, specifically the military judge in my case, and the biased reporting that was presented to the public following the trial.

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