Air Force “sissy file” sexual assault scandal…unit stifled reports
In the Air Force Fighter Wing, it was discovered that soldiers were sexually harassing female officers using a “sign-in sheet,” which is used as an on-duty handover book. After receiving a report, unit leaders took no action and told the complainant to delete the document. The Air Force Fighter Wing, which realized the facts late in the day, filed charges against the officers who failed to report and began investigating those involved.
According to a report by Hankyoreh on March 22, an officer of the Air Force Fighter Wing’s Unit G received a report in March that soldiers had been engaging in sexual harassment of female officers from November 2021 to July last year by posting their names, photos, cell phone numbers, positions, and affiliations on the Sinsong Note, evaluating their appearance. Sinsongnote is an internal military document in which on-call soldiers organize on-duty instructions, duty schedules, and assigned tasks by date for the purpose of handover. The six soldiers in the on-call unit created a Korean-language file on a dedicated computer and took turns writing in it as if they were chatting. The information on the female officers’ photos, cell phone numbers, and units was taken from the Air Force’s internal network.
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After receiving the complaint, the unit commander checked some of the files, but did not report the findings to the battalion commander in charge of the unit’s operations. He told the complainant, “The very act of speaking up can be ‘secondary victimization’ for victims who토토사이트 don’t even know they’ve been victimized. It’s hard to tell exactly which soldier wrote what in the file,” and urged him to delete or lock the file so that no one else could see it. The complainant told Hankyoreh, “When I looked at the folder of new notes that was supposed to be kept, only the period had been erased, so I thought it was necessary to investigate whether this was all and how many victims there were, so I reported it to my supervisor.” “I waited for two months, but there was no action,” he said.
As we went to press, the Air Force Fighter Wing said on Nov. 11 that it had disciplined three officers in the reporting chain and launched an investigation into those involved. “One of the retirees who was reported to have written an improper ‘dispatch note’ has been cleared of wrongdoing and has been referred to a civilian law enforcement agency for investigation,” an Air Force official said, adding, “If there are additional individuals (identified), we will refer them for investigation.”