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:: Tuesday, February 18, 2003 ::
I Want To Believe This Isn't True I'm not very optimistic about this situation.
The military has ordered a review of how the Air Force Academy handles sexual assault allegations after female cadets said they were reprimanded for reporting they were raped by classmates.
Five women, four of whom have left the academy, were treated as if they were either crazy or promiscuous, said Dorothy Mackey, who founded a group that tracks sexual assaults in the military and has talked with the cadets.
"They have attempted to talk about it or find some assistance within the system. Instead they have systematically been told to shut up by other cadets or the system itself," said Mackey, a former Air Force captain who says she resigned her commission in 1992 after two other officers harassed her.
Remind me why humanity is good? I swear that you'd think we'd have made some progress by now. Before some of you that actually visit the full story start screaming that I'm leaving out some contextual information, let's go over it right now.
On Friday, the office of Air Force Secretary James Roche announced that a special review panel had been formed to review sexual assault policies in the military branch, "with a particular emphasis on the Air Force Academy."
The academy commandant, Brig. Gen. Taco Gilbert, defended the school's conduct in a written response to questions about one alleged assault in October 2001, in which a cadet said she was raped after a night of drinking and a strip poker game.
After a hearing the academy decided not to press charges against her attacker, and the cadet said Gilbert criticized her conduct.
"I take all reports seriously. I investigate every allegation and take action on every assault," Gilbert said.
He said there was "no justification" for the alleged assault, but added, "when you put yourself in situations with increased risk, you have to take increased precautions to mitigate those risks.
F*ck you, Taco. Yeah, she was doing something stupid, but if she said that she did not want to have sex with these bastards then you need to throw them in prison now. Maybe I'm fortunate in who I choose for my close male friends, but I have all the faith in the world that if we got drunk and played strip poker that I wouldn't be raped. There are lines and normal people don't cross them. They may push the boundaries a little bit, but playing strip poker with friends is not inviting forced sexual intercourse.
Another woman told KMGH-TV of Denver she left the academy after commanders responded to her rape allegation by charging her with violating rules against drinking, fraternization with upperclassmen and having sex in the dormitories.
This next statement will piss some people off quite a bit. I'm curious to know how us charging a rape victim for "having sex" is much different than those bastards, many of whom live in Middle Eastern countries, that kill or beat women who have been raped for "having sex." Someone explain the difference to me.
:: Bitter 12:40 AM [+] ::