Fort Stewart Army Sgt. Sophie Champoux Found Unresponsive in Vehicle on Base; Death Ruled Suicide (September 30, 2011)

Sgt Sophie Champoux, US Army (2011)
Sgt. Sophie Champoux, U.S. Army

Suzie, Sophie’s mom, told us that after coming home from a year long deployment to Afghanistan, Sophie was promoted to run the medic station at Fort Stewart, GA. She was really excited about her new career opportunity. Suzie also informed us that Sophie had admitted to being raped three times while serving her country but was hesitant like most to report. Her death was ruled a suicide by the US Army but like most parents, Suzie cannot understand why, when she had future plans and seemed happy. The case is currently under investigation by the family.

“During my time at NOW, I have read numerous accounts from victims of sexual assault in the military. One such story is that of Sergeant Sophie Champoux, who was raped on three separate occasions –twice in the United States, once in Afghanistan. On two of those occasions she was raped by the same man, who stalked her from Afghanistan to Georgia. She was later discovered with a shotgun blast behind her right ear. No one in Champoux’s chain of command would protect her from her stalker. Although her death was ruled a suicide, some doubt that she died by her own hands.” –NOW (November 20, 2013)

Related Links:
Obituary: Sophie Christine Lisa Champoux (1986-2011)
Military Sexual Assault Survivors Suffer Twice In a Broken System
The Battle Within: Sexual Assault in America’s Military | Mary Calvert
In Photos: The Epidemic of Military Sexual Assault | Cosmopolitan
In Memory of SGT Sophie Champoux | July 5, 1986 – September 30, 2011 | US Army Combat Medic OEF | 22 Too Many

September: U.S. Department of Defense Casualties Report (2011)


09/30/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Adrian Mills, 23, Iraq, Fort Polk, Louisiana

09/30/2011:  DOD Identifies Marine Casualties: Nicholas Sprovtsoff, 28, and Christopher Diaz, 27, Afghanistan, Camp Pendleton, California

09/30/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualties: Ivan Lechowich, 27, Steven Gutowski, 24, and David Drake, 21, Afghanistan, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

09/30/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Andres Zermeno, 26, Afghanistan, Fort Polk, Louisiana

09/29/2011:  DOD Identifies Marine Casualty: John Wimpey Cagle, 19, Afghanistan, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

09/29/2011:  DOD Identifies Marine Casualty: Ryan Iannelli, 27, Afghanistan, Marine Corps Air Station New River,  North Carolina

09/29/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Garrett Fant, 21, Afghanistan, Fort Riley, Kansas

09/27/2011:  DOD Identifies Marine Casualty: Franklin Watson, 21, Afghanistan, Marine Forces Reserve, Tennessee

09/26/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Francisco Briseno-Alvarez Jr, 27, Afghanistan, Oklahoma Army National Guard

09/26/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Tyler Holtz, 22, Afghanistan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

09/25/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualties: Rafael Bigai Baez, 28, and Carlos Aparicio, 19, Afghanistan, Fort Polk, Louisiana

09/25/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Andy C. Morales, 32, Iraq, 143rd Sustainment Command, Orlando, Florida

09/23/2011:  DOD Identifies Marine Casualty: Terry Wright, 21, Afghanistan, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

09/23/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualties: Jakob Roelli, 24, and Robert Dyas, 21, Afghanistan, Fort Riley, Kansas

09/22/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Timothy Sayne, 31, Afghanistan, Fort Wainwright, Alaska

09/21/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Ryan Cook, 29, Afganistan, Fort Wainwright, Alaska

09/21/2011:  Deadline to Apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay Nears

09/21/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Estevan Altamirano, 30, NCD, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

09/20/2011:  Airmen Missing In Action From WWII Identified

09/19/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Chazray Clark, 24, Afghanistan, Fort Riley, Kansas

09/19/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Garrick Eppinger Jr, 25, Afghanistan, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Wisconsin

09/18/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Michael Hosey, 27, Afghanistan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

09/16/2011:  DOD Identifies Marine Casualty: Michael Dutcher, 22, Afghanistan, Camp Pendleton, California

09/16/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Mycal Prince, 28, Afghanistan, Oklahoma Army National Guard

09/16/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Chester Stoda, 32, NCD, Afghanistan, Fort Hood, Texas

09/16/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Rodolfo Rodriguez Jr, 26, Afghanistan, Fort Wainwright, Alaska

09/15/2011:  Army Releases August Suicide Data

09/14/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Danial Adams, 35, Afghanistan, Stuttgart, Germany

09/12/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Keith Rudd, 36, NCD, Afghanistan, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

09/12/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Daniel Quintana, 30, Afghanistan, Schweinfurt, Germany

09/12/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Brett Wood, 19, Afghanistan, Fort Wainwright, Alaska

09/11/2011:  DOD Identifies Navy Casualty: Brian Lundy, 25, Afghanistan, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

09/11/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualties: Bret Isenhower, 26, Christopher Horton, 26, and Tony Potter Jr, 20, Afghanistan, Oklahoma Army National Guard

09/09/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualties: Koran Contreras, 21, and Douglas Jeffries Jr, 20, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

09/08/2011:  DOD Identifies Navy Casualty: James Crawford, 50, NCD, Bahrain, Combined Maritime Forces Coalition Coordination Center

09/08/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Kevin Shumaker, 24, NCD, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

09/07/2011:  DOD Identifies Navy Casualty: James Coker, 59, NCD, Afghanistan, Army Corps of Engineers, Virginia 

09/06/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Christophe Marquis, 40, Afghanistan, Fort Wainwright, Alaska

09/04/2011:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Christopher Scott, 21, Afghanistan, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

09/02/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Dennis James Jr, 21, Afghanistan, Fort Polk, Louisiana

09/01/2011:  Air Force Pilot Missing From Vietnam War Identified

09/01/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualties: Devin Daniels, 22, and Colby Richmond, 28, Afghanistan, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

09/01/2011:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Alberto Obod Jr, 26, Afghanistan, Bamberg, Germany