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Coast Guard Academy Mishandled Harassment Cases, Report Shows

Steven Senne
U.S. Coast Guard swabs, center, are guided by Coast Guard cadets, in white shirts, as they recite phrases from the cadet handbook before swearing-in ceremonies at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London in 2016.

A congressional report says the U.S. Coast Guard mishandled investigations into bullying and harassment at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

Congress opened an 18-month investigation last year. Earlier this year, 45% of female cadets said they experienced sexual harassment.

In 2015 a teacher at the academy said she was harassed in part because she was a lesbian and a black woman. The congressional report said the Coast Guard “conducted a mediation process that did not include any investigatory activities, a preliminary inquiry that did not reach any conclusion, and a climate and culture investigation that did not examine [her] allegations.”

A Coast Guard spokesperson said the service has since changed the way it handles investigations.

A previous version of this story said the investigation came after the survey of female cadets, and that the Coast Guard did not investigate the teacher’s claims. The story has been corrected to reflect the report.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.