WAR ON SEXUAL ASSAULT IN MILITARY CLAIMS
HIGHEST-RANKING OFFICER TO DATE - MAJ GEN
MICHAEL HARRISON SR - TOP GENERAL IN JAPAN
SUSPENDED AFTER CIVILIAN SECRETARY SAYS
HER ALLEGED ATTACKER (A SENIOR OFFICER)
PROTECTED BY HARRISON - ARMY RELIEVES
TWO-STAR WHILE INVESTIGATION UNDER
WAY - "VICTIM" SAYS ALLEGED ATTACKER TOLD
HER: "HARRISON LOOKS OUT FOR ME"
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The war on sexual assault in the military just claimed its highest ranking officer to date.
MAJ GEN Michael Harrison Sr., commanding general in Japan, has been suspended and the Army has announced he is under investigation for failure to properly look into an allegation of sexual assault.
A native of Surry, Va. and graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., Harrison has 33 years of military service under his belt. If it is proven he "looked the other way" or did not follow-through on the complaint, the two-star is looking at the end of his Army career.
CIVILIAN SECRETARY IS JAPANESE
Sources say the complainant is a Japanese civilian secretary who alleges she was harassed and sexually assaulted in a hotel by a "senior officer" whom she says was protected by his old friend, GEN Harrison.
In an official statement made to investigators, the woman quoted her alleged attacker as boasting that "Harrison looks out for me." She claims he also said the major general had saved his ass once before when he "got in trouble."
We are told the secretary said the unwanted advances, numerous letters and e-mails, text messages and physical touching and groping began as far back as two years ago.
GEN Harrison assumed command of U.S. Army Japan in October 2010.
"VICTIM" REACHES OUT TO PAPER FOR HELP
Kudos to STARS & STRIPES for helping light a fire under the authorities. The secretary contacted the semi-official, military-oriented newspaper to get help in keeping her complaint from being swept under the rug.
The female, who works at Camp Zama, said the senior officer got drunk on a work trip and physically came on to her in a hotel room.
If the accusations prove true, it would not only spell ruin for Harrison and the senior officer (we don't know his name yet), but spotlight a problem in all branches of the service.
What does one do when you are sexually assaulted by someone who's a "good old boy" or close pal of the commanding general? That situation is widespread in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and probably Coast Guard, too.
It must be rooted out and equal justice provided to those who presently feel powerless and unable to stop such reprehensible behavior.