Sexual Harassment In the Air Force

English: Four military training instructors ke...

Lackland Drill Instructors Keep Eyes on Cadets.

Unfortunately, sexual harassment happens everywhere, even within the confines of a highly structured environment that should be free from this:

“[A] widening sex scandal that has rocked the base, one of the nation’s busiest military training centers. Allegations that male instructors had sex with, and in one case raped, female trainees have led to criminal charges against four men. Charges against others are possible.”

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_AIRMEN_SEX_SCANDAL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-06-25-18-56-55

Sexual harassment can happen anywhere.  Human beings, for all their foibles, are flawed, and some will make poor choices.  It is tragic that sexual harassment occurs at all, but, when it does, it may seem impossible to believe, especially when it happens at a place where it should not at all.

The consequences of this scandal will create lasting change.  Think about the heroic victims who stood up to the harasser, and reported it.  Think of the disbelief that must have occurred.  Think of the ramifications to the victim, first, from being sexually harassed, or sexually assaulted, then second, from having to report it and then dealing with the fallout.  Now, think of every single person who goes through that Air Force base in the future will be able to thank the selfless victims for standing up to the harassment and the aftermath.  Powerful, huh?

Remember, it may not be easy to resist, or to report sexual harassment.  But it is the right thing to do.

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