Defense One: ‘Broken Culture’ Keeps Troops at Risk of Sexual Assault, Advocates Say
Defense One – December 9, 2022
By Jennifer Hlad
Coughlin eventually went on national television to talk about her experience, catapulting Tailhook to national scandal and making herself a pariah. The media “crucified me,” she said. “I took a beatdown…as someone who was ruining the Navy.” She resigned her commission in 1994.
More recently, Coughlin has served on the board of directors for advocacy group Protect Our Defenders. She said she “would like to think” that the culture has improved since she served.
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