Abuse Discovered in JROTC Programs
(RepublicanNews.org) – The House Oversight and Reform Committee has released an update that paints a deeply shocking picture of the scope of sexual abuse within the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). According to official documents, the problem is far more serious and significantly more widespread than previously reported.
— The Hill (@thehill) November 16, 2022
Investigative reporters working for the media outlet first began exploring the issue of abuse within the JROTC approximately six years ago. By talking to victims, reviewing court documents, and issuing public disclosure requests, they were able to gain a bird’s-eye view of the problem. They discovered that authorities had charged 33 instructors with sexual misconduct within five years.
The scathing report claimed the JROTC was largely staffed by senior military veterans who operated in high schools under almost no oversight and without proper training. It also revealed that at least seven of the instructors charged were repeat offenders who’d been permitted to continue working with teens even after being accused of misconduct.
Victims who spoke to The Times told reporters authorities largely ignored their claims when they reported the harassment. Many continue to suffer from the side effects of trauma to this day. At least one individual said her abuser destroyed her life.
New data from the Department of Defense paints an even darker picture. The panel identified at least 60 allegations within a five-year period, double the original estimation of 33. Worse yet, local investigators substantiated the evidence in at least 58 of the cases.
The House Oversight Committee also held a hearing to discuss the issue on November 16 at 10 a.m.
Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney concluded the session by confirming oversight was deeply lacking among school-based JROTC programs. However, she also extended an olive branch by offering financial and administrative support to help address the matter. “These are the future of our military,” she explained. “We need to make sure that they are not traumatized.”
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