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AFA Report Reaction

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some Air Force Academy cadets who say they were raped at the school aren't pleased with the results of the latest investigation into the scandal.

The Pentagon hasn't released the full report of the findings of its inspector general. But a summary made public Tuesday said academy commanders failed to recognize and deal with the seriousness of the problem.

Eight unnamed officers were blamed and 21 other officers were found to have acted appropriately. The school's top leaders have been removed since the scandal first broke.

Former Air Force Academy cadet Beth Davis, who was punished after reporting she was raped, says the investigation seems to pin the blame on the same group of leaders.

Joe Madonia, a lawyer who represents six alleged sexual assault victims, says he thinks the new investigation exonerates the same people as a previous probe.

Meantime, the Pentagon plans to implement a new military-wide policy protecting the identities of people who report sexual assaults.

The announcement came Tuesday along with the release of the findings of a Defense Department investigation into the sexual assault scandal at the Air Force Academy.

Some Air Force officials have complained that confidentiality delayed investigations and hampered collection of evidence.

But in response to the Air Force scandal and other sexual assault issues in the armed forces, the Pentagon says it wants to make sure alleged victims come forward and report assaults.

David Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, says confidentiality is the best way to do that.

A former congresswoman who led an outside probe of the Air Force Academy sexual assault scandal criticized the Pentagon on Wednesday.

Tillie Fower said the Defense Department had unfairly singled out a retired academy superintendent for criticism. Fowler had served as chairwoman of a congressionally mandated review panel looking into the sex assault scandal at the academy.

She said a report prepared by the Defense Department's inspector general unfairly blamed retired Lieutenant General Bradley Hosmer while sparing other academy commanders of blame.

She said Hosmer should be applauded for granting rape victims confidentiality. Fowler said if victims have to go public they are less likely to report attacks.


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