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    TX - T/Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez for sex abuse of Air Force recruits, Lake Jackson, 2013

    http://news.yahoo.com/air-force-recr...011212200.html

    SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A male Air Force recruiting sergeant in the Houston area was charged on Friday with rape and other sexual misconduct with female applicants and a female recruiter, said officials with the Air Force, which is already dealing with a widespread sex-with-recruits scandal.

    The scandal has centered on male training instructors at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, six of whom have been convicted on charges ranging from rape to attempting to engage in inappropriate sexual relationships with female recruits or trainees, and have been sentenced to terms ranging from 30 days to 20 years in prison.

    Six other training instructors are awaiting trial on similar charges in what is the largest sex scandal in the U.S. military since the 1990s............

    More at link.....


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    Air Force general calls sex assaults a 'cancer'

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read...PN1DCCL1_UNEWS

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sexual misconduct within the Air Force's ranks is a "cancer" that the service is committed to eradicating, the Air Force's top officer said Wednesday at the first congressional hearing into a sex scandal at a training headquarters in Texas.

    "I will never stop attacking this problem," said Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, told the House Armed Services Committee.

    But underscoring the challenge that the Air Force faces, Welsh said the service recorded a disturbing number of reports of sexual assault last year. The preliminary figures show there were 796 reports of cases, ranging from inappropriate touching to rape, according to Welsh's testimony.

    The 2012 figure would be a nearly 30 percent increase from 2011, when 614 cases were reported. The number could be much greater, Welsh said, because many cases are never reported..............

    The preliminary results of Air Force investigation released in November described abuses of power by instructors who took advantage of a weak oversight system to prey on young recruits.............

    The Air Force has changed the way it selects officers and instructors who train new recruits and created a special unit of lawyers and investigators to assist victims of sexual assault............more at link........


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    Very sad that all this abuse takes place.

    I think when people are in powerful, authoritarian positions in a closed, isolated, tightly reined, non-transparent environment such as the military, there will be abuse towards those inferior in rank.

    I hope that with stricter regulations over how recruiting should be done, and the clear stipulations of what constitutes appropriate procedure and what does not, mandatory reports of abuse and guaranteed protection against retaliations of the whistleblowers, mandatory punishments towards the abusers, and more oversight from independent agents, that the abuse will abate.

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    From 2013:

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/loc...ng-4600958.php

    Air Force recruiter Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez was sentenced to 27 years in prison Friday after being found guilty of sexual misconduct with prospective airmen at a Houston-area recruiting office...

    The jury found Rodriguez, a 13-year Air Force veteran, guilty of aggravated sexual assault, abusive sexual contact, non-forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual contact, wrongful sexual contact and exposure. Prior to the verdict, he pleaded guilty to six charges and 22 specifications of wrongdoing.



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