Udall Reacts To Recommendations In Air Force Academy Sexual Assault Scandal
(Westminster, CO) - Congressman Mark Udall (D-Eldorado Springs), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in reaction to Air Force Acting Secretary Peter B. Teets' recommendation to not discipline military officials in the Air Force Academy sexual assault scandal:
"The Air Force Academy sexual assault scandal and Acting Secretary Teets' recommendation clearly land on Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's lap. I'd urge Mr. Rumsfeld to put himself in the shoes of the parents whose daughters go to the Air Force Academy. It is a shame that these recommendations, to essentially take no action against individuals, come at a time when the military is already having a hard time recruiting. The many honorable and hard-working cadets and faculty at the Air Force Academy must be concerned as well. Mr. Rumsfeld cannot afford to sweep this under the rug.
"Both as a parent of a teenage daughter and as a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am deeply concerned about the lack of accountability couched in the mem. Two investigations and many months later, no one has been held responsible for the sexual abuses at the Air Force Academy. It isn't enough to say that punishing the commanders would be plowing old ground.' By his own admission, Secretary Teets didn't even interview the cadets or anyone else connected to the rape cases, which I find both puzzling and troubling.
"The memo, however, is only part of the problem. The Pentagon has moved too slowly to get a new sexual-assault policy into place. Now the Pentagon must demonstrate that accountability and the highest standards of discipline and conduct will be enforced throughout the Armed Forces."