Woman Claims Sexual Harassment at Fort Jackson

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By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- As the investigation into Fort Jackson's Commanding General continues, more allegations of sexual harassment on base have been made public.

The allegations ABC Columbia News just learned of do not involve Generaly Bryan Roberts. But, one woman, who does not want to be identified, tells ABC Columbia News the allegations do signal a growing culture of abuse in the military.

"I feel if you don't stand up for what's right, it's never going to change," says the woman.

Not wanting to be identified a woman with ties to Fort Jackson called ABC Columbia News to tell her story of what she calls sexual harassment.

"A Lt. Colonel repeatedly would come up and rub my neck and the back of my shoulders and he would always tell me that he still loved me," says the woman.

The woman says the incidents started in July of last year and continued for months.

"One time I went to a luncheon and he blocked my passage way to get to the table and tried to give me a hug and I said no, I save those for my husband,"says the woman

Finally, she told her husband.

"My husband had filed a complaint, and in it he mentioned me, because I didn't want to come forward. I spoke with the Brigade Commander and then I went to General Roberts. I was told that yes he did touch me, however, it was just his mannerism," says the woman

ABC Columbia News contacted Fort Jackson and we're told there was an investigation into the allegations, but they were determined unfounded.

We also received a statement that says, in part, "We ensure all leaders understand their responsibilities in responding to sexual assault/harassment victims, we thoroughly investigate allegations of sexual assault/harassment, and take appropriate administrative and disciplinary action when warranted."

The statement goes on to say, "It has no place in the Army."

But, the woman we spoke with says it's happened before.

"There was a previous incident with a private that was in basic training who had committed sexual assault and was found guilty by CID and this Lieutenant Colonel downgraded it," says the woman.

Fort Jackson also confirms this incident and says the Soldier was discharged from the Army.

Recent statistics show asssault claims are on the rise in the military with 26,000 cases reported last year.

"I don't know if it's deployments or the separation but it seems to be more common than not," says the woman

But, she says, the actions disgrace the uniform.

"The regulation is black and white, it's not grey for the good ole' boy system. It's you follow the rules and there are people that die for those rules. I believe it's a disgrace."

As for the investigation involving General Roberts, ABC Columbia News has learned CID (Criminal Investigation Division) Officers are on base conducting a criminal investigation into the matter.

We will continue to follow this story, bringing you more when it becomes available.

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Attention said on Sunday, May 26 at 7:59 PM

How is she seeking attention? If that was your wife or daughter would you say the same? I can go far eneough to say I know what unit they are in. I can even go as far to say I know the LTC. Now I don't know about the things she said but thats the investigators job to figure out if it's true or not.

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Attorney said on Friday, May 24 at 10:27 AM

I am prior military and am now a practicing attorney in the Columbia area. I agree with Krissy, if this woman wanted attention then why not show her face. I paused and read as astonished said and it does say that this occurred. I am going to make my services available if she is interested. I will get my information to ABC.

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Krissy said on Friday, May 24 at 9:45 AM

If the system worked correctly this woman would not have to go past a higher command. If she wanted attention it would not have been anonymous.

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RUSerious said on Thursday, May 23 at 9:31 PM

Really? Why go to the press now? If this allegation had weight to it and she felt if the investigation was poorly done, then why not write her congressman or go to the press when it happened? This is just an example of someone who has an ax to grind. I agree with Jimmie, she is seeking attention!!

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JIMMIE said on Thursday, May 23 at 8:38 PM

This lady is crazy. This was already investigated. She just wants attention.

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astonished said on Thursday, May 23 at 6:58 PM

Hootie if you pause and read that document it says yes she was touched but it is just this guys personality. Good for her his personality isnt to kill people.

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hOOTIE said on Wednesday, May 22 at 11:01 PM

PLEASE DO....IF HE IS GUILTY....he should not be allowed to wear a military uniform NOR should he be allowed to remain in the U.S.Army!!

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