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Sat Apr 13, 2019, 02:08 PM

Under fire for its poor response, Wisconsin Guard is now tracking 52 sexual assault complaints

Source: AP





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By: Todd Richmond, The Associated Press   3 hours ago

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin National Guard received 52 reports of sexual assault between 2013 and 2017, with more than half related to military service, Guard officials said during a roundtable with reporters Thursday.

The U.S. Air Force is investigating allegations of sexual assault and harassment within a Wisconsin Air National Guard security unit dating back to 2002. The investigation came at the request of U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin after a master sergeant in the unit, Jay Ellis, told her office that he had learned of six incidents between 2002 and 2016 and high-ranking officers had done little to address them.

The Wisconsin Democrat sent a letter to the Air Force office that handles congressional inquiries in mid-November asking it to investigate the claims involving members of the 115th Fighter Wing’s Security Forces Squadron, a group of about 100 airmen that polices the Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison.

That probe spurred a request from Gov. Tony Evers and Baldwin last month to the National Guard Bureau in Washington D.C. to review the entire Wisconsin Guard’s sexual assault and harassment reporting procedures, investigative process and accountability measures.

The Guard’s sexual assault response coordinator, Robert Brania, said Thursday that 20 of the 52 assault reports were “restricted,” meaning the person who reported the assault requested confidentiality and the identity of all involved remains secret. The Guard’s leader, Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, is notified when such a report is made but isn’t told the details. The Guard helps connect the victim with counseling services but no investigation is launched and the allegations aren’t referred to law enforcement.
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lordy lordy. so sad that it just went on and on for years!!



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Airmen from the 115th Maintenance Group at Truax Field, Wisconsin, stand in formation during the 115th MXG change of command ceremony Dec. 2. The National Guard Bureau is reviewing the Wisconsin Guard’s sexual assault and harassment reporting procedures, investigative process and accountability measures. (Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis/Air National Guard)

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Sat Apr 13, 2019, 02:32 PM

1. sad, but not unusual.

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Sat Apr 13, 2019, 03:01 PM

2. Other states should follow suit

 

Wisconsin set an example.

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