Coast Guard Accused Of Silencing Victims?

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( – A recent CNN report has prompted an inquiry into the Coast Guard Academy over the alleged sexual misconduct. 

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who is a ranking member of a congressional committee investigating the Coast Guard has argued that the leaders had been using illegal nondisclosure agreements (NDA) in order to stop those who suffered from sexual abuse from reporting on their experiences. Cruz, who is one of the ranking members of the congressional committee probing into the actions of the Coast Guard claimed in a letter to Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan that these types of agreements had been used in order to conceal information regarding the sexual assaults and rapes that took place in the Academy. He further pointed out that it was reprehensible to keep victims from agreeing to not discuss what had happened to them. 

Cruz also emphasized that the attempts to silence the members of the Coast Guard went against federal laws and were impeding oversight. 

The Coast Guard has responded to these allegations defending the purpose of the agreement which was to protect the different parties’ privacy and safeguard the investigations. The agency did not make any direct messages to the accusations that Cruz had made regarding illegality. 

The CNN probe had found that there were decades of sexual misconduct to cover up within the Coast Guard. 

Cruz also highlighted in his letter that those personnel in the Coast Guard who had been silenced had not only been the victims but also the witnesses and investigators. 

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