Hellbound with Halos

Had the honor of sharing my story on this podcast. Discussing the difficult topic of sexual assault and overcoming trauma and winning.

All Marine Radio Interview

My interview with the All Marine Radio


"Athena Ives left the Marine Corps as a decorated Sergeant in 2010. She made her living as a Combat Engineer and deployed to the city of Fallujah, Iraq in 2008 where she volunteered to work in the Marine Corps “Lioness” Program, supporting infantry operations in the city. In her newly released book entitled “Thank You for Raping Me: A Marine’s Story of Resilience and Hope“ Athena outlines her life which includes being raped multiple times, her combat experiences and her struggle once outside the Marine Corps.

The interview is raw and Athena, who is currently working towards her PhD in Forensic Psychology Research, doesn’t shy away from the traumatic events that shaped her life or her opinions about those events. Her honest voice is meant to give hope and encouragement to others who are affected by trauma — YOU CAN GET TO A BETTER PLACE, YOU DO HAVE THE STRENGTH INSIDE YOU. A quote from the jacket of Athena’s book might say it best: “Sgt Ives’ stories illuminate how to take the worst moments in life and use them to light a fire in your soul.”

Straight Outta Combat Radio

Athena Ives is a United States Marine Corps combat veteran. She 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.  

Your Oxygen Mask on First

Although sexual assault is starting to become a topic that can be discussed, some survivors are still terrified to tell their stories. Meet Athena Ives; she is a Combat Marine Veteran, author, speaker, doctoral candidate, and a survivor. After being sexually abused as a child by a family member, Athena was also sexually assaulted - twice - while in the military.

While her story may be difficult to hear, it also needs to be heard. And she tells it so beautifully, coming from a place of strength and trying to help others in the process. With her story, she talks about how others can help survivors and how we need to build a culture of listening without judgment.