LC — Bystanders
A junior officer reflects on her sexual assault and its aftermath, including her difficulties with reporting and challenges with SHARP education.
Realities of Sexual Assault
Difficulties of reporting
What’s the Situation?
- During a party following an ROTC function, a junior cadet is sexually assaulted. Four classmates are present in the room during the assault and do not intervene.
- Out of a sense of obligation to fellow cadets, the assaulted cadet remains in the room after the assault. The next day, no one remembers what happened due to their intoxication.
- Both the campus health center and her ROTC leadership refuse to assist the assaulted cadet. She is not willing to go to another civilian authority to report the assault.