A US Specialist Vanessa Guillen, now a late army officer, was sexually harassed by her colleague before being murdered by another member of the army force.
Soldier Vanessa Guillen’s lawyer discovered that she was a victim of sexual abuse before her death. The Department of the Army released a press release detailing the events leading up to her murder.
The investigation conducted proved that she was sexually harassed by a co-worker who created a hostile and intimidating environment.
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Guillen reported the incident, but her supervisor failed to escalate her complaint to superiors. The report revealed her supervisor, who was responsible for 100 soldiers, was informed of the harassment claims.
However, he failed to take appropriate action. He was also made aware of the counterproductive leadership of fellow soldiers but turned a blind eye.
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A US Attorney’s Office’s press release revealed that on July 2, 2020, Specialist Aaron Robinson told 22-year-old Cecily Aguilar, who had something to do with Guillen's disappearance, that he killed a female soldier.
He disclosed he struck the victim in the head with a hammer while on Fort Hood on April 22, 2020. The investigation also found that Robinson sexually harassed another female Specialist from the department.
However, the findings cleared his name in connection with Guillen's harassment case. The colleagues had no other relationship besides that of their profession.
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NO NAME DISCLOSED
Be that as it may, Guillen's family demands military officials to name and shame their daughter's perpetrator, who sexually harassed her before another soldier killed her.
The report released on Friday did not name the doer accused of the misconduct. It mentioned that the act was unrelated to Guillen’s murder.
The man reportedly asked the deceased for a threesome over privacy concerns because of his low rank.
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He was one of the 21 soldiers and officers facing disciplinary action over his behavior. The army officers face the action related to how they responded to Guillen’s disappearance and murder in Texas.
They face discipline for several failures. The chief investigating officer ordered five current and former personnel to be relieved of duty.
Among them, three are to receive letters of reprimand, and there is a high possibility that the verdicts will result in their careers ending.
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HER LAST DAYS
Relatives claimed that Guillen told them that she no longer felt safe at the base. At the time of her disappearance, they took to social media and shared that something was amiss.
Guillen died in the line of duty; therefore, her family is entitled to certain Army benefits. She was last spotted in the parking lot of her barracks at the post on April 22. Guillen’s remains were found on June 30 in a shallow grave, said a family attorney Natalie Khawam.
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