Attention All Airmen: Air Force Holds Sexual Assault Offenders Accountable, Sexual Assault Convictions Are Now On-Line
By Brig. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, 7th Bomb Wing
/ Published November 04, 2013
DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
I'd like to take a moment and draw your attention to a recent addition to the official Air Force website. Did you know that the Air Force now publishes sexual assault convictions on-line? Anyone can visit this website and review more than 100 sexual assault convictions from across the Air Force, to include viewing them by base. You'll notice many of the cases are similar - they involve: 1) the use of alcohol, 2) the absence of personal respect for the victim and 3) the absence of the victims' consent. You will also quickly see that Airmen, who are convicted of sexual assault, can be held accountable by military judges and court-martial panels with punishments that often include jail time, rank reductions and punitive discharges. Sexual assault is a crime, and it needs to be eradicated from our ranks.
Unfortunately, a number of these cases involve Airmen assaulting fellow Airmen. This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Many times these victims were co-workers and former friends - people who trusted their assailant. The offenders elected to violate that trust and were punished accordingly. As required by many state laws, convicted Airmen must also register in their jurisdiction's sexual assault registry. These sex offender lists include the names and addresses of convicted sex offenders, and are publicly available on-line.
Effective two months ago, Airmen who commit a sexual assault will have administrative discharge proceedings initiated against them and may be retained only if they meet a cumulative multi-part test. For Airmen at Dyess, only I have the authority to waive this requirement and only after concluding that the Airman meets the same multi-part retention test. It is our responsibility to ensure those found guilty of sexual assault are held accountable for their actions.
I hope you visit the website, listed below, and read the facts on some of the cases, which resulted in these Airmen being convicted of sexual offenses. These are valuable lessons for ALL Airmen. I encourage you to educate and warn your fellow Airmen about the consequences of committing these crimes. Every Airman must be a part of the solution. When you see a situation that isn't right, be a good wingman; intervene, and insist your fellow Airman treat others with respect. You will regret being a passive bystander when just a few words of intervention can forever positively change the lives of Airmen around you.
Please visit the website: http://www.afjag.af.mil/sexualassaultprosecution/index.asp