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[Content Note: Sexual assault.]

Air Force sex assault prevention chief charged in sex assault:
The chief of the Air Force's sexual assault prevention and response branch was arrested this weekend and charged with sexual battery.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, of Arlington, Va., was arrested Sunday morning, according to the Arlington police. He's accused of approaching a woman in a parking lot and grabbing her breasts and buttocks, according to the crime report.

Krusinski heads up the Air Force's sexual assault prevention and response branch, an Air Force spokeswoman confirmed.

... The Air Force has recently come under fire for a decision by a lieutenant general to throw out the sexual assault conviction of fighter pilot Lt. Col. James Wilkerson. Wilkerson, 44, the former inspector general for the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base in Italy, was convicted last year of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to a year in jail, forfeiture of pay and dismissal from the Air Force. Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin overturned the sentence and reinstated Wilkerson into the Air Force.

Additionally, more than a dozen training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, the Air Force's basic training facility, have been convicted of misconduct with trainees, from fraternization to sexual assault. More cases are still under investigation.
Which naturally does not even begin to address the number of cases which have gone unreported, for reasons including the person to whom you are meant to report is known to be a sexual predator.

One of the consequences of not taking allegations seriously is that men who have a well-known (among female recruits and/or servicemembers) reputation as a victimizer are installed in positions like this one. That may or may not have been the case with Krusinski specifically; I don't know. But any organization who wants to take sexual violence seriously has got to do a comprehensive vetting job on its gatekeepers, especially its male gatekeepers, including and especially the unofficial reports that circulate among women.

Because sexual violence remains a hugely underreported spectrum of crimes, reputation among the population to whom one is meant to act in service is a crucial piece of responsible vetting.

[H/T to Cat Neshine.]

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