Pressure is mounting on the U.S. Coast Guard to hold past perpetrators of sexual assault and leaders who covered up a subsequent investigation at the Coast Guard Academy and elsewhere accountable for their actions.
Senators expressed disgust Tuesday with the service's response to the scandal during congressional testimony by five former and current U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets on assaults over recent decades and subsequent failures to address the problem. The witnesses pointed blame at leadership, including the past commandant, who seem to have dodged repercussions.
In September, Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., opened an inquiry into the academy's response to sexual assaults at the school and failure by top Coast Guard leaders to disclose the results of a six-year investigation into cases of rape and assault at the institution from the 1980s to 2020.
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After hearing the stories of the women who were traumatized by their experiences at the school — some dating to the late 1970s — the senators reconfirmed their commitment to ridding the service of what they called a “culture of cover-up” during the hearing.
“It's about a Coast Guard that has abandoned its moral compass and lost its ethical sonar,” said Blumenthal, who serves as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee's Permanent Subcommittee…