SEX ASSAULT VICTIM "RETALIATED AGAINST" SAYS
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It took a long time, but LTC Teresa James has now been vindicated.
The former commander of the 151st Military Police Bn. of the West Virginia Army National Guard was forced to take a medical retirement last July, four years after she reported a sexual assault by a senior officer.
The unwanted advances and disgraceful treatment took place in 2006 and wasn't reported to the chain-of-command until six years later. However, we at MilitaryCorruption.com have seen other such cases where long delays took place because the victim feared retaliation if she spoke out right away.
She was given an adverse OER and denied a Meritorious Service Medal for her time commanding the MP battalion in Anbar Province, Iraq.
Her accused attacker has retired from the West Va. Guard, but not before a National Guard probe in 2013 found her complaint "very credible," backed up by witnesses, full documentation, and medical records that supported all the female officer's allegations.
The I.G. has recommended the Army remove the negative OER from James' file and asked Army Secretary Eric Fanning to "take appropriate action" against Veit for his reprisal.
James is pursuing a discrimination complaint with the I.G. We know there are women that falsify charges against men for various motives. But the retired lt. colonel is not one of them. Good luck, Teresa.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: -- Kudos to retired Air Force Tech Sgt. Jennifer Norris over at militaryjusticeforall.com Put her on your "favorite's list." We already have. done so.]