Sexual abuse affects school’s JROTC programs, New York Times investigation finds

A bomb New York Times investigation reports that at least 33 JROTC instructors have been accused of sexual misconduct with their students in the past five years, a far more staggering rate than regular high school teachers. Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, which teach high school students basic military skills, often target Title I schools, the survey found, prompting many low-income students to pursue military service. . An alleged victim, Victoria Bauer, told the Time she was sexually assaulted for several months by her instructor, who was later transferred to another school district. He eventually evaded sexual misconduct charges for a lesser charge of child abuse. “The people who are supposed to protect our country, are they really protecting their own people?” Bauer said. JROTC leaders declined to be interviewed by the Time, but a major sponsor, the U.S. Army Cadet Command, said it monitors instructors and that school districts are investigating allegations of abuse. “There is so much faith, trust and confidence in these instructor positions,” said former Navy and JROTC instructor Joe Williams. “We have these people who use that confidence as a coat.”

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