The Air Force Sexual Assault Scandal Could be the Worst in the Military in Decades
By The AtlanticWire on July 02, 2012
[Editor's note: If you think the military has done a lot to combat sexual harassment, this story will enrage you. According to a new investigation, at least thirty-one female recruits at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas were allegedly raped, assaulted, and harassed by a total of 12 male boot-camp instructors. As Alexandar Abad-Santos reports at the Atlanticwire, there could be even more victims.--Mona]
To understand just how bad this sexual assault scandal is, you need to understand Lackland Air Force Base and its relationship to the Air Force. Located just outside San Antonio, it's where some 36,000 recruits undertake basic training each year. "Lackland is where every American airman reports for basic training – about 35,000 a year. About one in five are female, pushed through eight weeks of basic training by a flight of instructors that are about 90 percent male," report the AP's Lolita Baldor and Paul Weber.