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Senate launches inquiry into Coast Guard’s reported mishandling of sexual assaults

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US Coast Guard AcademyA Senate subcommittee is kickstarting an inquiry into the mishandling of dozens of reports of sexual assaults and rapes at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations announced Thursday that it sent a letter to Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Linda L. Fagan notifying her of the inquiry. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), chairman of the subcommittee, and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) wrote in the letter that “the leaders who oversaw or perhaps created the environment where misconduct occurred and did nothing must be held accountable.”

“It is unclear whether those responsible have continued their careers in the Coast Guard, received higher positions of authority, or left service and escaped accountability all together,” they wrote in the letter.

The inquiry comes after it was publicly revealed that the Coast Guard launched an investigation into allegations that the Coast Guard Academy allegedly mishandled reports of rape and sexual assault from the late 1980s until 2006. The investigation — known as “Operation Fouled Anchor” — concluded in January 2020, but it was not made public or known to public officials until CNN reported on the internal investigation in June.


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