But the first thing I thought after reading Roeder’s in-depth examination of just how bad things are at AFA was Title IX.
Namely, that Title IX — in all its weak imperfection — doesn’t protect cadets at AFA or any other service academy.
Academy graduates agree to serve as a commissioned officer for at least eight years after graduation, five of which must be active duty, with more stringent requirements for pilots, according to the academy’s website.
Those who fail to meet their obligations can be made to repay costs of their education.
Despite being taxpayer-funded institutions, each is exempted from the federal anti-sex discrimination law.
Victims of sexual assault at these schools are more or less on their own, even more on their own than students at other universities who are already quite on their own.
Joining the United States Air Force requires a taste for adventure and a willingness to serve your country.
They are also depressingly common, both at military and non-military schools.
The report exposes, as Alan Pyke of Think Progress put it, “the intersection of hero culture and rape culture.”Here are just a few of the findings from Colorado Springs Gazette reporter Tom Roeder’s piece (emphasis mine):“‘The girls’ drink, or Captain Morgan with the blue lid, was only for girls to drink [at one party at the school],’ [Office of Special Investigations] confidential informant cadet Eric Thomas told investigators in a written statement obtained by The Gazette.
The blue-capped bottle, he explained, was laced with ‘roofies,’ a street term for flunitrazepam, a powerful sedative known as a date-rape drug.” “After academy leaders were told about the allegations of rape and drug use, OSI agents planned their own party, one with informants in the crowd and special agents nearby to bust bad actors.
Topics: Air Force, air force academy, Editor's Picks, military sexual assault, military sexual trauma, Rape Culture, Sexual assault, sexual violence in the military, Title IX, women, Politics News, Life News, News A new investigative report on sexual violence and other misconduct at the United States Air Force Academy (AFA) is a wildly disturbing look at campus rape culture at the prestigious military school. Cadets on the school’s athletic teams are alleged to have sexually assaulted female classmates, and those crimes were largely ignored by coaches and administrators.
When cadets were held accountable, the school took no further action to discipline the coaches and other officers who failed to act.