The pervasiveness of rape culture in the military is an ongoing problem. The Washington Post found that the amount of military personnel that anonymously reported instances of “unwanted sexual contact” rose roughly 33 percent last year, or about 26,000 military members. Actual reports made to the Pentagon number far less. The defense department, seeing the need to address this ongoing problem, launched an inter-branch program called Sexual Assault and Prevention Response, aimed at eradicating the culture that exists in the armed forces where sexual assault goes unchecked and mostly unreported.
Well, yesterday the head of the Air Force’s branch of the program was arrested and accused of sexual assault:
Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski is accused of fondling a woman in a Crystal City parking lot early Sunday morning.
“A drunken male subject approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks,” according to a Arlington County Police Department crime report. “The victim fought the suspect off as he attempted to touch her again and alerted police.”
“Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with sexual battery,” police said. “He was held on a $5,000 unsecured bond.”
For the Air Force, this is a particularly persistent problem. They’ve been quick to acknowledge that it’s an ongoing struggle to contain “a cancer” of sexual assault in the ranks. Air Force leadership has faced heavy scrutiny from Congress over its past dubious judgments in handling sex-crimes, including but not limited to the rape and assault of dozens of recruits by basic-training instructors at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.