LC — Bystanders

A junior officer reflects on her sexual assault and its aftermath, including her difficulties with reporting and challenges with SHARP education.

Topics covered:

  • Realities of Sexual Assault

  • Difficulties of reporting

  • Individual trust

  • SHARP Education

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.

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