This issue was definitely one of the most intense threads on Winds of Change.NET. Trent Telenko has now emailed me with the aftermath (upgrade that dial-up connection, dude!), and says: "I feel a big 'I Told You So' coming on." Trent may be very entitled, now that a draft report is being released that lends credence to many of his charges. MSNBC has the story, and the numbers are not good (but see "UPDATE"). Meanwhile, the Academy is now admitting that the honor system itself may be at stake. Here's our series of posts covering this issue. Remember, you read it here first:
* [TT, 2003-03-09] The Air Force's Serbian & Saudi Values. Trent says there's a serious, widespread problem at the Academy. It gives details, make some proposals, and says major reform is required - including reconsideration of the honor code and maybe even the demise of the Academy. Very lively Comments section. * [JK, 2003-03-14] Air Force Rape Scandal: Culture & Conclusions. Brings forth more details and feedback from readers with experience in that system, in order to illustrate the dynamics and often difficult choices. Also engages Trent's proposals for reform. Lively debate follows. * [TT, 2003-03-19] Air Force Rape Scandal Redux. Looks at the firing of the top 2 administrators at the USAFA, and brings forth another example to illustrate his points. * [TT, 2003-04-15] Air Force Rape Scandal Update. Trent remains unimpressed. * [2003-08-01] Rape and The Army. Interesting post from personal experience, by Rev. Donald Sensing, formerly Maj. Donald Sensing. Not ours, but so relevant it had to be included. JK UPDATE: I thought we had some pretty good comments secxtions going in the series to date, but for insight, good points, and civil discussion, this one tops em' all. One of the best threads we've ever had on Winds of Change.NET! The Bitch Girls weigh in, and bring to light a very important qualifier for this report: bq. "Sexual assault was defined as anything from unwanted touching to rape." That's a problem, in that "unwanted touching" and "rape" are not even remotely comparable. Equating them like this trivializes rape, clouds the extent of the real problem at AFA, and diminishes the seriousness of the report. More's the pity, because based on the aftermaths for several women who complained, AFA has a real problem. Fortunately, Jonquil in the comments section brings forward stats that show a serious rate for serious offenses, and restore perspective to the debate.