Woman warrior workouts are named after women who have been affected by Military Sexual Trauma (MST).   Sophie Champoux lost her battle with MST/PTSD on 9/30/11, at the age of 25 years old. Sophie’s mother, Suzie, shares her story to raise awareness and save others.  Here is Sophie’s story and a workout dedicated to her life and service.

Workout:

In remembrance of Sophie’s last day of life–9/30/11.

9 rounds of:
30 situps
11 burpees

Score is total time.

Sophie Champoux Was an American Sweetheart

Sophie was born July 5, 1986 in Orlando, Florida.  Throughout her life, she excelled at pretty much any sports she tried; she played softball, practiced Taekwondo, played both guitar and drums and was amazing with her beloved unicycle. She participated in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in high school and earned a degree in Graphic Arts from a local technical college; she was quite an artist. 

SophieChampouxHer Service

Sophie had always wanted to be a soldier. She scored in the 98th percentile on her Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and was well on her way to success when she decided to join the United States Army. Sophie Champoux was an American sweetheart, if ever there was one. 

Sophie excelled in boot camp and attended technical school at Fort Sam Houston. She became an Army Medic and seemed excited to be at Ft. Sam Houston. She began to think about becoming a doctor or a Physician Assistant.

During her service, Sophie was deployed to FOB Sharana, Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom. She loved her duties and was enamored of the Afghani children. After her 1-year deployment, she was promoted to run the medic station at Fort Stewart, GA with the rank of SSG.

Her Fear

While in Afghanistan, Sophie asked her mother to send her a Ka-Bar because she didn’t feel safe even going to the bathroom. She told her mother, “I have more to fear from my own fellow soldiers than any enemy Afghani.” She was never scared of Afghani citizens; she was afraid of her fellow soldiers.

Her BattleSGT Sophie Champoux

In three and a half years of her service, Sophie was raped three times–while on duty in White Sands, New Mexico, in Sharan, Afghanistan and at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. The same man raped her in Afghanistan and at Ft. Stewart. He stalked her from Afghanistan to Ft. Stewart; she could not get away from him.  This rapist was awarded a total of 40 months in military prison for the rape and other crimes he committed.  He was released after serving only 8 months.