Air Force Academy Sexual Assault Scandal

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Air Force Academy Sexual Assault Scandal

Q.) What, when, where, did these incidents take place and who was involved?

A.) Officials are investigating the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs over allegations that sexual assault is rampant at the military institution. According to several former female cadets, many of whom have filed lawsuits against the school, sexual misconduct is a serious problem at the academy and has been for a number of years, possibly since women were first admitted in 1976. About 660 women are enrolled at the academy and 398 of those told the Pentagon inspector general's office this summer that they had been subjected to sexual harassment of one form or another.

A civilian commission investigating the scandal reported in September 2003 that top leaders of the Air Force ignored repeated warnings of rape and other sexual assaults at the academy and that the Air Force general counsel, Mary L. Walker, ignored the issue in a June 2003 report on rape at the school. The panel found that "since at least 1993, the highest levels of Air Force leadership have known of serious sexual misconduct problems at the academy." Several top officials at the Air Force Academy were replaced in March 2003 after allegations first emerged, but they have not been punished. HOWEVER…

There is always another side to the story… The Air Force Academy put together an investigation and came up with this conclusion. Less than 1 percent of male cadets and 5 percent of female cadets at the Air Force Academy have been involved in known sexual assault allegations over the 10-year period examined, according to the report on academy sexual misconduct released June 19. The report acknowledged that sexual assaults are underreported.

A special working group, led by Air Force General Counsel Mary L. Walker, has been investigating reports of alleged incidents of sexual assault since early this year when several allegations were made public.

"We did not find any...
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