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Athena Ives

Athena Ives holds a Masters in Forensics and is a Doctoral Candidate in Forensic Psychology. As a child, Athena used reading to cope with ongoing trauma, which inspired her to study psychology and forensics. She plans to use her degree to research how to treat and understand the psychological triggers and effects of PTSD, suicide and rape. 

 When she isn’t traveling the world, Athena resides in San Diego where she is active in multiple Veteran Assistance Projects.


“Thank You for Raping Me” by Athena Ives

A liberating, raw and true memoir of a life of service. 

From being raised in a cult-like atmosphere at home, to patrolling the streets of Falujah, Iraq with an all-male infantry unit in the United States Marine Corps, Sgt Ives shares the most soul crushing events of her life and experiences.

Crystallizing a fragment of her continuous journey to overcome the events of her past, Thank You for Raping Meis a story about taking back the power, love and strength. Even in the face of terrible pain, agonizing disappointment, and soul crushing loss.

Told through the unique voice of a female Veteran against the backdrop of one of the longest running combat engagements in US history, Sgt Ives’ stories illuminate how to take the worst moments in your life and use them to light a fire in your soul.

A fire that will burn so intense, so bright… that no obstacle is insurmountable.



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