Officials are investigating the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs over allegations that sexual assault is rampant at the military institution. According to several former female cadets, many of whom have filed lawsuits against the school, sexual misconduct
is a serious problem at the academy and has been for a number of years, possibly since women were first admitted in 1976.
A civilian commission investigating the scandal reported in September 2003 that top leaders of the Air Force ignored repeated warnings of rape and other sexual assaults at the academy and that the Air Force general counsel, Mary L. Walker, ignored the issue in a June 2003 report on rape at the school. The panel found that "since at least 1993, the highest levels of Air Force leadership have known of serious sexual misconduct problems at the academy." Several top officials at the Air Force Academy were replaced in March 2003 after allegations first emerged, but they have not been punished.
If you have been the victim of sexual misconduct, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
- Sexual Harassment: Overview