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Air Force General Calls Sex Assaults A 'cancer'

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"Air Force general calls sex assaults a 'cancer'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Likening sexual assault in the Air Force's ranks to a cancer, the service's top officer resolved Wednesday to tackle the problem by screening personnel more carefully and putting an end to bad behaviors like binge drinking that can lead to misconduct.

But Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, underscored the challenge by telling a House oversight committee that the service recorded a disturbing number of reports of sexual assault last year even as it worked to curb misconduct in the wake of a sex scandal at its training headquarters in Texas.

Dozens of young female recruits and airmen at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio were victimized by their instructors who sexually harassed, improperly touched or raped them.

Most difficult, Welsh said, is transforming a culture in which victims are often reluctant to report what happened because of guilt, shame or fear they won't be believed.

"Why, on what was undoubtedly the worst day of a victim's life, did they not turn to us for help?" Welsh said during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.

"We are missing something fundamental in the human-to-human interaction that will allow them to feel safe enough to come to us and report."

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I'm going to try to be respectful to the General because there does appear to be an element of sincerity in his statements. With that said, I am pondering why it is that he thinks no victims of sexual assaults reported the assault to a superior? There are probalby victims right here on Hadit who DID report and got victimized again but were either not being, or threated with who knows what all if they were thinking about taking the complaint further. There's definitely a culture of a victim not feeling safe about reporting,(and justly so!) but the issue of those in command who don't protect victims is an even larger problem. He can't possibly be that naive to be so unaware of the bigger picture! It just sounds like more "lip-service" and no action. arrrggghhh!

Lorraine

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Lorraine here again - meant to add that victims who did report were probably not BELIEVED! Sorry, I got a little heated on this topic.

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I reported someone, I get the silent treatment from people, it's been awkward. 2 more months of this shit.

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I was never sexually attacked, but when I begged for more help with my emotional problems the Army found an excuse to kick me out with just 8 months to go on my enlistment. Actually, I was court martialed for asking for help.

Sexual assaults are a cancer growing on the military. Why would any woman want to enlist if she has a good chance of being molested by her superior or comrades. Guys get raped as well. Guys don't come forward because of shame.

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