Damning report reveals rampant sexual harassment at US Coast Guard Academy

Written By BlabberBuzz | Source: NYpost | Wednesday, 03 July 2019 18:25

Almost half of female cadets at the US Coast Guard Academy said they were sexually harassed, and about one in eight women reported experiencing unwanted sexual contact, according to a Pentagon survey released Wednesday.

The anonymous 2018 gender relations survey completed by cadets at the school in New London, Connecticut, shows that 45 percent of women and 17 percent of men said they experienced sexual harassment, up from 36 percent and 11 percent, respectively, in 2016.

And 12.4 percent of women said they experienced unwanted sexual contact, up from 8 percent in 2016.

The percentage of men saying they experienced unwanted sexual contact, which includes sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and unwanted sexual touching, was 3.6 percent, up from 1 percent in 2016.

The percentage of cadets experiencing unwanted sexual contact is the highest since the survey began a decade ago. Officials noted that the increases could at least partially reflect a greater willingness to report misconduct as a result of the Coast Guard’s focus on the problem and new training programs.

The survey, conducted every two years, comes after an already tough year for the Coast Guard Academy. Lawmakers have criticized its handling of racial discrimination and harassment, and the college is the subject of a congressional investigation into harassment, bullying and discrimination against minority cadets.

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All the US military academies are “facing a sexual assault crisis, and we are asleep at the wheel,” Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, said in June. She is trying to create a four-year pilot program for independent prosecutorial review of all sexual assault reports at the academies.

Most instances of unwanted sexual contact at the Coast Guard Academy involved cadets in the same class year, with 65 percent of women and 85 percent of men saying the alleged offender was a classmate, according to the survey.

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Most occurred in a dorm or living area at the academy. Seventy percent of women and 92 percent of men didn’t report what happened to authorities, the survey said.

About 1,100 cadets attend the academy, and 77 percent of them filled out the survey in March 2018. It asked about their academy experiences since June 2017.

The academy released the survey, which was conducted by the Defense Department’s Office of People Analytics. The numbers are in line with data released this year from the other military academies.

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That earlier survey found that among female students at the Army, Navy and Air Force academies, 15.8 percent said they experienced unwanted sexual contact in the past year, up from 12.2 percent in 2016, and that 2.4 percent of men experienced unwanted sexual contact, up from 1.7 percent.

An estimated 50 percent of women and 16 percent of men experienced sexual harassment in the past year, similar to 2016.

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The Coast Guard Academy survey showed that 30 percent of women who experienced unwanted sexual contact reported it, marking the first time the reporting rate among women climbed above 10 percent.

Men had an 8 percent reporting rate. In past years, the reporting rate for men was so low it couldn’t be counted.

The academy’s sexual assault response coordinator, Shannon Norenberg, credited the growing rate to growth in the school’s Cadets Against Sexual Assault club, which typically includes about 20 percent of the student population. Cadets who join are trained to receive reports of sexual assault and be a resource for their peers.

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A 2018 campaign to educate cadets about what sexual harassment is may have contributed to the increase in sexual harassment reports, she added. Norenberg, however, said the numbers still concern her.

She talks to all incoming freshmen about how to report sexual assault. Last year, she began also talking to them about what sexual consent means and discussing healthy relationships with juniors.

“I think we’re focusing our efforts in the right direction and in the right way,” she said.

The head of the Coast Guard, Adm. Karl Schultz, told The Associated Press in March that unwanted sexual contact throughout the service is “unacceptable.” Schultz said he had discussed the preliminary survey results with the academy’s superintendent, which showed the same increases as the final report.

The Coast Guard, he said, is trying to create an “environment of intolerance” toward sexual misconduct, where no one is allowed to be a bystander.

“Am I concerned about the 12.4 percent increase? Absolutely. Because I want to drive sexual assault, unwanted sexual contact to zero in the Coast Guard,” Schultz said.

“Will we do that in my lifetime? I don’t know, but we’re going to continue to lean in from a leadership standpoint.”

The report also showed that 28 percent of female cadets reported experiencing gender discrimination in 2018, up from 11 percent in 2016, while 6 percent of male cadets reported experiencing gender discrimination, up from 4 percent in 2016.

On a positive note, the vast majority of cadets reported intervening if they observed a potentially risky situation, and there were fewer cases of unwanted sexual contact involving alcohol than in 2016.

Most cadets, 62 percent of women and 76 percent of men, believe the academy’s senior leadership make honest and reasonable efforts to stop unwanted sexual contact and sexual harassment, though those percentages are down from 80 percent and 86 percent, respectively, in the 2016 survey.

Rear Adm. William Kelly, the new academy superintendent, said officials are focused on providing the safest environment possible and will use the insight from the Office of People Analytics and the Coast Guard’s sexual assault prevention experts to eradicate such behaviors and threats from campus.

Coast Guard Lt. Charged with Planning Terror Attack Targeting Dems, Journalists, Others

This article was sourced from LegalInsurrection

Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson allegedly intended ‘to Murder Innocent Civilians on a Scale Rarely Seen in’ America

Authorities arrested US Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson “last week on weapons and drugs charges.” The motion for pretrial detention revealed horrific details like how intended “to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.”

The federal prosecutors described him as a “domestic terrorist” and “white nationalist” who kept a hit list of journalists and Democratic lawmakers.

From Yahoo! News:

Per the court document, Hasson has been serving as an acquisitions officer at the Coast Guard’s D.C. headquarters since June of 2016. Though he has not received any tactical, weapons or explosives-related training in this position, the prosecutors note that Hasson served in the Marine Corps from 1988 to 1993, followed by approximately two years of active duty with the Army National Guard. When authorities raided his residence earlier this month, they found 15 firearms and over 1,000 rounds of mixed ammunition, the document says. His detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Greenbelt, Md. According to a separate court filing signed Feb. 15, Hasson will be represented by a public defender.

Prosecutors stated that since 2017 Hasson has “routinely perused” the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, a far-right Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 people in two attacks in 2011. Hasson followed the instructions of the document, which tell “a prospective assailant to amass appropriate firearms, food, disguises, and survival supplies.”

Hasson listed his targets on January 17. He included “Sen blumen jew,” which probably meant Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and “poca warren,” which probably meant Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Yahoo! News listed more:

There are also references to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a long list of additional Democratic senators, including Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Tim Kaine, D-Va. The list also includes likely references to a number of House members (Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.), television hosts (Joe Scarborough and Chris Hayes of MSNBC, Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo of CNN), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas and the Democratic Socialists of America.

Hasson also googled “what if trump illegally impeached” and “civil war if trump impeached.” He looked up places to see lawmakers in DC and tried to find their addresses. He attempted to look up “pro-Russian, neo-fascist and neo-Nazi literature.”

Recovered emails offered a chilling picture of Hasson’s thinking. From Fox News:

The filing said Hasson had “espoused extremist views for years” and quoted a letter he drafted to “a known American neo-Nazi leader” in September 2017, nearly two months after the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the letter, Hasson described himself as “a long time White Nationalist, having been a skinhead 30 plus years ago before my time in the military.” Hasson added that “I fully support the idea of a white homeland … We need a white homeland as Europe seems lost. How long we can hold out there and prevent n—–ization of the Northwest until whites wake up on their own or are forcibly made to make a decision whether to roll over and die and to stand up remains to be seen.”

Three months earlier, prosecutors say Hasson drafted an email to “friends” in which he said he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth. I think a plague would be most successful but how do I acquire the needed/ Spanish flu, botulism, anthrax not sure yet but will find something.”

In the same email, Hasson mused: “Start with biological attacks followed by attack [sic] on food supply … Two pronged [sic] attack seems it might be more successful. Institute a bombing/sniper campaign.”

Hasson worked as “an acquisitions officer for the National Security Cutter Acquisition Program who had been assigned to the Coast Guard’s headquarters in Washington since June 2016.” Before that he “served in the Marine Corps and the Army National Guard.”

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