Controversy is roiling around a former Marine who protested his treatment at the hands of the Corps by donning his uniform and literally climbing onto a cross.
Sgt. Joshua Klohr, who feels he was railroaded into a court-martial and a discharge from the military, hung himself from a replica cross at the Colorado state Capitol on Easter Sunday, the Military Times reported.
In other news.
Army leaders suspended an Afghanistan-bound Fort Carson commander over allegations of insensitivity toward sexual assault victims and gender discrimination before an investigation cleared him last month.
The investigation into the conduct of Col. Brian Pearl is detailed in a 361-page report released to The Gazette on Monday under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
The report shows that three female officers in Pearl’s 4th Brigade Combat Team came forward with the accusations after a Feb. 18 focus group on sexual assault policies with a women-only audience.
So reports Military.com. The report goes on to say:
Pearl told investigators the statistics drove him to bring the brigade’s women together for a discussion of sexual assault. “I wanted our female soldiers to be comfortable discussing these topics in an all-female environment,” Pearl wrote in a statement to investigators. But what was supposed to be a meeting to drive sexual assault prevention and encourage reporting of attacks left some women in attendance with a different message. “The brigade commander made some comments that left her feeling like the message toward females was ‘Don’t get raped and if you do don’t report it’,” a sergeant wrote in a memorandum to investigators. The training, which focuses on bystanders intervening to stop attacks and includes steps soldiers can take to avoid victimization, is not without controversy. Investigators asked witnesses whether Pearl made comments disparaging victims of sexual assault, negative statements regarding victims and whether anything he said blamed victims for being attacked. “An overwhelming majority of witnesses (29 of 32) said Col. Pearl did not make disparaging or negative remarks about victims of sexual assault with the remaining three witnesses being the original complainant and two supplementary witnesses with the complainant,” the investigator found. Meetings like the one held by Pearl have been happening across the Army over the past year. The military has faced numerous allegations that sexual assault complaints have been mishandled or ignored, and sexual assault is a growing problem for commanders.
This is why conversations and discussions about sexual assault are so hard. On Tueday, the Military Times reported on Manning.
A judge granted on Wednesday Pfc. Manning’s petition for a name change.