by Isabel LaCoeur
Obviously, sexual assault is a huge problem in the US military. But this is probably one of the most unbelievable cases I have heard of in the past while. An Air Force enlisted woman who was gang-raped by three fellow airmen but then opted not to testify at a court martial due to stress and harassment, is now being accused of committing indecent acts with the three men involved. That’s right. The rape victim is now a criminal, and may have to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
But it gets worse.
The three men have been offered fucking IMMUNITY in return for testifying against their victim. Airmen Russell J. Basile, Airman 1st Class Jerrell W. Apache, and Airman Rotez J. Butler are not only not being punished for gangraping Airman 1st Class Cassandra M. Hernandez, but they are being rewarded for making HER the sex offender!
This is fucking SICKENING.
And, of course, this is all her fault to begin with, since she was apparently wearing “revealing clothing” and dancing in a “promiscuous way”. So OBVIOUSLY she was asking for it! (insert exaggerated and furious eyeroll here)
And the pièce de résistance, she still has to WORK around these assholes.
What’s more, the men who were accused and still work on the same base as Hernandez.
“I can’t go anywhere without wondering if they are going to be there,” said Hernandez.
This story makes me so angry, I can’t even see straight.