The owner, who offered a friendly handshake and a bright smile, said he’s never seen Krusinski there.
The person I really want to talk to is the woman who smacked him with her cellphone. (The witness to her response asked not to be identified.) She’s my new hero. His rank didn’t matter one bit to her, if she was even aware of it.
For decades, women in the military brave enough to point a finger at their attackers were often ignored or punished.
That selective deafness may not be limited to men, either. The day after Krusinski’s arrest, we learned that Lt. Gen Susan Helms, who is also an astronaut, granted clemency earlier this year to a convicted ex-offender. Her decision may cost her a promotion, The Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock reported.
Same thing happened in February, when Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin tossed out a star fighter pilot’s sexual-assault conviction and ordered his release from prison.
Just as the Cinco de Mayo haze cleared on Siete de Mayo, the Pentagon released a report showing a gigantic increase in reports of sexual assaults over the past two years.
There were 3,374 recorded reports of sexual assault in 2012, compared with 3,192 the previous year. That’s a 35 percent jump. Some studies estimate that only about 17 percent of the victims ever report the attacks, making it difficult to know the extent of the problem.
The Defense Department also used an anonymous survey to learn that 26,000 people — men and women — experienced “unwanted sexual contact” last year, another big increase from about 19,300 in 2010.
The military needs to start taking this problem seriously because it keeps getting worse.
Gammell was right to arrest Krusinski that night. And Stamos deserves kudos for refusing to turn a case on her turf over to military investigators.
Hey Pentagon commanders, look over that 395 freeway onramp, just past the McDonald’s and Macy’s, and see how allegations of sexual assault ought to be dealt with. Like a potential crime.