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Female USVI national guard recruits passed around like ‘property’- Gov Mapp

A report has found that sexual assault, harassment, assault, sexual intercourse for employment (quid pro quo) and fraud were commonplace at the [US] Virgin Islands National Guard for years. Photo: Internet Source/File

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- After reading the findings of a yearlong investigation conducted by the National Guard Bureau on the behaviour of some at the [US] Virgin Islands National Guard, Governor Kenneth E. Mapp, during a Tuesday August 15, 2017 press conference at Government House eviscerated the perpetrators who the report found had preyed on young women, referring to them as “predators.”

The report found that sexual assault, harassment, assault, sexual intercourse for employment (quid pro quo) and fraud were commonplace at V.I.N.G. for years.


“I just find it abhorrent that a young person could graduate from high school, be a member of the Junior ROTC programs, seek to enter the National Guard and actually be passed around like a piece of property before they can advance in their career.

“And more have been deterred and decided that they want no part of the organization, because their beliefs and their expectations growing up as a young teenager in high school, and as an adult coming out from high school wanting to join an organization, meeting this kind of abhorrent response at the welcome gate that somehow they had to give up some of their personal self to enter an organization, and then try to survive in an organization with that kind of pressure and assault on their person, and then running into those people day-in and day-out as they try to survive in the organization, is totally unacceptable and it is abhorrent.”

Mapp on restructuring at V.I.N.G. because of the findings

“Some persons have lost their jobs. Others have faced and more will face criminal sanctions. Senior officers and other command structures will be transferred into the Virgin Islands National Guard from abroad to assist Brigadier General [Deborah] Howell in correcting these issues. Some members of the local Guard will be transferred to the Department of Defense in Virginia for retraining, and others have been asked to retire and are making their way out of the Virgin Islands National Guard.”

Optimism about V.I.N.G.

“Despite the information provided today, let there be no doubt that the Virgin Islands National Guard is prepared to respond if called upon for an emergency. As governor of these Virgin Islands, I will do what’s necessary to ensure that members of the community who want to serve can do so in an environment where they can flourish, and maybe even someday become the adjutant general, state command sergeant major, or function on the national level.”

9 Responses to “Female USVI national guard recruits passed around like ‘property’- Gov Mapp”

  • OMG (16/08/2017, 14:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really Sad
  • rock city (16/08/2017, 15:43) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Under Trump what you expect?
    • @rock city (16/08/2017, 18:59) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Did the discrimination start only once Trump was elected or have women been discriminated against for quite some time even before Teump was born?
    • Local1 (16/08/2017, 23:38) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply

      This was a year long investigation Trump wasn't even President yet, you Jack@!&!

  • whodunnit (16/08/2017, 17:21) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    We want names! Those pervs should be fired prosecuted and listed as sex offenders?
  • foreign (16/08/2017, 20:42) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sexual harassment is every where, some will fall for it , some won't. It is about high time women stand up for what is right and for justice. It is about high time men learn to have respect for women and not look at them as a sex slave. Hope that send a strong message because even right here in the B V I in high ranking places especially in the police force you can find the most sexual harassment victims and they keeping it a hush hush.
  • ccc (16/08/2017, 23:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    A man ambition must extend beyond the reach of his hand.
  • Marcos (17/08/2017, 00:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    In RVIPF 2
  • Just Sayin (07/10/2017, 16:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    never herd of sucha ting (again)

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