31 Jul '18, 8pm

The Air Force Academy just eliminated a huge barrier to sexual assault victims stepping forward

The Air Force Academy just eliminated a huge barrier to sexual assault victims stepping forward

The Air Force Academy will no longer punish cadets who are victims of sexual assault for underage drinking, fraternization or certain other “collateral” misconduct violations, in an effort to increase reporting of such assaults. In a May 8 memo, signed by Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin, the academy said that sexual assault victims often don’t come forward because they fear being punished for crimes that would emerge during the assault investigation. “Collateral misconduct by a victim of sexual assault is one of the most significant barriers to reporting the assault because of the victim’s fear of punishment,” the memo said. The memo also said other such violations associated with a cadet’s sexual assault, such as adultery, could still warrant punishment. But to “encourage reporting, avoid unnecessary additional trauma, and maintain good order and disciplin...

Full article: https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2018/07...

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