Feds will review Guard sex assault reporting protocols

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin say federal military officials have agreed to review how the Wisconsin National Guard handles sexual assault after members alleged harassment, assault and retaliation for reporting incidents.

Evers and Baldwin asked the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations in March to review the Wisconsin Guard’s sexual assault and harassment reporting procedures and accountability measures.

Evers and Baldwin said Wednesday that OCI will conduct the review over several months.

The U.S. Air Force is already investigating sexual assault and harassment allegations within a Wisconsin Air National Guard security unit dating back to 2002. Baldwin requested that probe in November.

Guard officials told reporters this month that they received 52 sexual assault complaints between 2013 and 2017. They substantiated 10 related to military service.

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