Archive for Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Air Force Academy considers reforms

March 12, 2003


— The Air Force may group female Air Force Academy cadets together in dormitories and provide rape victims with individual counselors as part of reforms planned in the wake of sexual assault complaints.

Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Chet Curtis said officials also might train nurses and investigators with the Office of Special Investigations to deal specifically with sexual assaults.

The Air Force has received 56 reports of sexual assaults since the academy began recording data in 1993, Air Force Capt. Peter Kerr said. That figure includes female cadets who said they were assaulted off-campus by civilians, he said.

The Air Force is investigating reports of sexual misconduct at the academy after at least 25 current and former cadets told members of Congress they were sexually assaulted. Some cadets said they were punished for minor infractions or forced to resign after reporting attacks to superiors.

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