The Guardian: US air force general convicted of abusive sexual contact losing ranking on retiring
The Guardian – June 2, 2023
By Ramon Antonio Vargas
News of Cooley’s demotion comes about a month after the Pentagon found military sexual assault reports increased about 1% during the last fiscal year. Protect Our Defenders, an organization which helped Cooley’s accuser press her case, said her success in holding accountable a high-ranking military leader was an “all too rare” outcome.
“There has been a perception and reality within our armed forces that the application of justice is different depending on your rank or race,” said Josh Connolly, senior vice-president of Protect Our Defenders. “Our service members deserve a justice system that treats everyone equally under the law and is blind to rank or race – we are still a long way from that.”
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