Reports of Sexual Harassment Double at Army Ordnance Center
Army officials reported on December 11th that the number of complaints of sexual harassment at the Aberdeen Proving Ground's Ordnance Center has doubled from 25 to 50 in just a few weeks. Women have reported rape, sexual assault, and harassment at the base over a span of two years. Currently, over twenty-five drill sergeants and instructors are under investigation for sexual assault.
A Congressional delegation arrived at the base on Wednesday to oversee the Army's investigation. The delegation is interviewing trainees at the base in trying to determine whether the incidents are the result of some people or are a result of structural problems throughout the Army. Last month the Army set up a special telephone number for people to report sexual assault and harassment. Of the 6,107 complaints received, the Army is looking into 849.
Media Resources: The New York Times- December 12, 1996
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