Fort Sill Soldiers Suspended as Army Investigates Sexual Assault Claim
The soldiers said to have been involved were “suspended from their normal duties, removed from any trainee environment and are all presumed innocent pending a full and thorough investigation,” he said.
The investigation was previously reported by The Lawton Constitution. Fort Sill, about 90 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, is a prominent training center for artillery soldiers. About 53,000 people live on the base, including 20,000 military and civilian personnel.
General Kamper said that the soldier who brought forward the complaint was quickly connected with victim services.
“We’re proud of the courage she displayed in coming forward with these allegations,” he said.
Sexual assault in the military was highlighted as a widespread issue after the horrific killing of Specialist Vanessa Guillen, whose remains were discovered about 25 miles from Fort Hood in central Texas. Officials said she was killed by a fellow soldier who dismembered and burned her body. Specialist Guillen’s family said she had told them she was being sexually harassed, but never made a report.
An investigation into the culture of Fort Hood revealed a climate in which women were “vulnerable and preyed upon, but fearful to report and be ostracized and re-victimized,” according to the report released in December.