Betrayal in the Ranks - 2004 Pentagon Response


The Denver Post, John Aloysius Farrell

Denver Post Washington Bureau Chief

Before Vanessa Guillen, LaVena Johnson and so many other victims of sexual and domestic assault, service members were crying out to be heard by our Nation's Leaders. Had they actually done their job, Vanessa and LaVena, along with countless others, might be alive today.

On February 26, 2004, "Pentagon officials used a Senate Hearing to give their response to the Denver Post's coverage on sexual and domestic assaults in the military, acknowledging some shortcomings but insisting that they take the issue seriously. "These are our people, these are our airmen, these are our kids. We take them as a National Treasure. Accusing us of sweeping these issues under the rug is outrageous - stated Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Vice Chief of Staff for the Air Force."

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