Welcome to Shield of Sisters

Helping sister service members overcome Military Sexual Trauma

Helping sister service members overcome Military Sexual Trauma

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36,000 service members reported sexual assault in 2022.

Enough is enough.

The Need for Change

Shield of Sisters believes that we are duty-bound to help our sister service members overcome the weight of Military Sexual Trauma. It’s time to end sexual assault in our armed services. Read more About Us »

When you decided to join the military, you raised your hand and vowed to protect and defend. Never in your wildest dreams did you think you would need to be protected from those brothers/sisters in uniform who took the same oath as you.

The statistics are concerning and the call for change has to be so loud that it can be heard – not ignored – by those in charge of our Armed Services. The Pentagon releases statistics annually to show the increase in the number of assaults across the branches of service. In 2022, over 36,000 lady service members reported some form of sexual assault. These are the cases that were actually reported; the numbers may be very different when considering many did not report their sexual assault; many refuse to report because they fear of retaliation.

While military officials continue to scramble to find solutions; we know one thing: there is a path to restoration after an assault. There is still dignity in your service and there are resources available to help you get through your experience.

Our battle cry WILL be heard, we will make an impact, and we are committed to helping you find yourself again. If you are looking for immediate resources, please contact your command, local VA, or military crisis line. Our Resources Page has Additional Contacts »

An Overview & Introduction

We’d like you to get to know us…because we, too, suffered from MST. We’ve come a long way! Join us on the journey to recovery.

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Restoration Retreats

Helping sister service members overcome the weight of Military Sexual Trauma

Battle Angels Network

Providing buddies that we can rely on for those tough moments that we experience

Resources

Get the assistance you need! Whether you need counseling or services, we have partners.

Restoration Retreats

Shield of Sisters is dedicated to offering transformative restoration retreats and a robust support network for active duty, guard, reserve, veterans, and their families who have endured the harrowing experience of Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Our mission is to extend our compassionate reach to as many of our sisters as possible, providing healing and renewal through our empowering retreats and the steadfast support of our Battle Angel network.

Through Shield of Sisters, we strive to create a sanctuary of healing, strength, and resilience. Our restoration retreats offer a safe and nurturing environment where our sisters can rediscover their inner power, reclaim their sense of self-worth, and find solace in the company of fellow survivors. Our dedicated Battle Angels, who have overcome similar challenges, stand by their side, providing unwavering peer support, guidance, and understanding throughout their journey towards recovery.

At Shield of Sisters, we aim to break the barriers of silence and stigma surrounding military sexual trauma, fostering a community where survivors can find their voices and regain their sense of agency. By embracing each individual as a cherished member of our sisterhood, we empower them to rewrite their narratives, heal their wounds, and forge a path towards a brighter and more resilient future.

Battle Angels Network

In the military, we have our battle buddies we can rely on for those tough moments we experience during our time of service. At SOS, we created a Battle Angels Network to continue the support needed after a retreat. When a retreat ends, each participant is assigned a Battle Angel. Angels provide assistance when needed and can be incredibly helpful in navigating triggers that may arise. Battle Angels provide regular check-ins with participants, referrals for potential resources and counseling, and lend an ear when a participant just needs to chat.

We are so excited to have Battle Angels join us as part of our retreat community! Some Battle Angels are individuals who may have participated in one or more of our retreats and have chosen to pay it forward by offering their time, energy, and advice to future retreat participants. They are an invaluable resource to our community and we appreciate their willingness to share their experiences and offer support. We welcome them with open arms and appreciate them!

Helping sister Veterans live in a new light.

Helping sister Veterans live in a new light.

Break the barriers of silence surrounding Military Sexual Trauma.

About Us / Board of Directors

Shannon Hough
Shannon Hough
Co-Founder, CEO
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Financial Statements

Form 8879-TE
IRS 990 – 2022/2023

A Message from Our Founder

As women, we’re hardwired to believe that we are responsible for how others respond to our bodies, even with violence. We think carefully about how we present ourselves so as to not be “distracting” or attract “the wrong kind of attention.” No outfit or perfect combination of choices prevents sexual assault. Most attacks happen in our own homes or by trusted people in our lives – including fellow service members. We serve our country just like men. Sexual assault is an indication of what is broken with society, not an indication of who you are. You did not cause your attack, and you share none of the blame.

You are not alone. We’re here for you.

Support our lady veterans suffering from MST.

Shield of Sisters (SOS) is a 501c3 veteran organization that was launched in 2022, after many months of planning and creation. Military sexual trauma (MST) impacts 1 in 3 lady service members/veterans. SOS was created to help restore the lives of our sister veterans. They can live their story in a new way with a new vision.

Gina McDonald
Gina McDonald
Treasurer, Board of Directors
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Jodi Harman
Jodi Harman
Board of Directors / Events & Advocacy
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Mike Crum
Mike Crum
Board of Directors
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LtCol John Harman
LtCol John Harman
USMC (Ret), Board of Directors
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Penny Carlson
Penny Carlson
Board of Directors
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Chris Carlson
Chris Carlson
Board of Directors
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Paul McKellips
Paul McKellips
Board of Directors
Dr. Paul Lawrence
Dr. Paul Lawrence Board of Directors
Advisor, Former Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs for Benefits
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Laurie Sayles
Laurie SaylesBoard of Directors
President & CEO of Civility Management Solutions
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