In the US a big scandal, all the attention is now focused on reports about disappearance and murder in Texas airman Vanessa Guillen, who again sparked a wave of outrage over sexual violence in the Armed forces of the United States and the ineffectiveness of recent reforms to combat it. Complaints of sexual violence in the U.S. army received from about every third soldier, the Guardian writes.
United States servicewoman Vanessa Guillen.
20-summer ordinary Guillen, who served at the military base “Fort hood” in Killeen, disappeared on April 22. Hundreds of people searched for her throughout Central Texas. July 2, they found her dismembered body examination indicated traces of violent death. Guillen is gone after reported that subjected to harassment from the authorities.
The family of the lost soldier publicly demanded to clarify the circumstances of her death. Military leaders have announced that the suspect is a military expert Aaron David Robinson died July 1 as a result of suicide at the time of his detention by law enforcement officials. He was arrested a friend of Robinson Cecilia Aguilar, which was later accused of the crime of conspiracy to hide the evidence.
The Ministry of justice issued an indictment alleging that Robinson killed Guillen on the base, and then dismembered the body with the help of Aguilar buried the remains near the river Leon. Aguilar appeared in court but did not make any statements, except the recognition of the charges against her accusations. Statements about his innocence, she not filed.
Many of the issues associated with the events that led to the death of Vanessa Guillen, remain unanswered, notes The Guardian. She said family and friends that had been sexually harassed by two superiors of soldiers, one of whom was Robinson, but the official statements about the harassment she filed because she was afraid of revenge.
The family’s lawyer Guillen in an interview with the Houston Chronicle said that the name of Robinson, the authorities informed they are.
“We believe that Vanessa told him that he served a complaint against him, and that’s why he hit her with a hammer,” explained the defender Natalie Wingers.
According to her, if he thought it possible to file a complaint before today she probably would be alive.
After reports of the disappearance Guillen, when there was not found her remains, the protesters marched through the streets of the major cities of Texas.
In the search for Guillen, the investigators found the remains of another soldier, missing from the base “Fort hood”, member Gregory Morales, who disappeared in August last year, the victim of one of several unsolved deaths and disappearances of soldiers of the base.
“The soldiers who report sexual harassment or sexual violence, may be ostracized and run the risk of their careers, the newspaper writes. — Management of the Ministry of defence to prevent and combat sexual violence was able to confirm evidence of only one of the 129 cases of the application of retaliatory measures, which it investigated in 2018, and 64% of the surveyed soldiers stated that for reporting harassment or sexual assault they have been subjected to harassment and punishment.”
In 66% of cases, soldiers who reported to the management on the use of retaliatory punitive measures, saying that they were persecuted by people in subjection, which they were.
Relatives of Vanessa Guillen plan July 30 to lead a peaceful protest in Washington, during which they will present to lawmakers a bill on the prevention of violence in the army, the newspaper specifies.
Colossal reminds: according to the office of the Ministry of defence to prevent and combat sexual violence, which was established in 2005, complaints about sexual abuse received from about every third soldier. Last year, soldiers came 6 236 reports of sexual assault. According to estimates of the management, in the period from 2016 to 2018, the number of cases of sexual assault has increased dramatically, and this growth occurred mainly due to the increase in the number of complaints from women aged 17 to 24 years, such as Vanessa Guillen.