Buck pledges to look at sexual assaults at the Air Force Academy

February 16, 2015

Republican U.S. Rep. Ken Buck told the Colorado Springs Gazette that he's concerned about sexual assaults at the Air Force Academy. The Department of Defense is already investigating if the school handled allegations of athlete misconduct, including sexual assault, properly. 

A department survey found that one in 10 female cadets reported unwanted sexual contact in the 2013-2014 academic year. That figure is "essentially unchanged" from the last survey. 

Buck hasn't drawn conclusions on what, if anything, should be done about sexual assaults at Air Force. He said his next step is learning more about what has happened at the school and what the brass is doing to prevent it.

"I intend to set up a meeting with the leadership at the Air Force Academy," Buck said. "I believe the leadership there is taking it seriously."

The academy is under scrutiny from the Defense Department's Inspector General with an investigation to determine if it properly handled allegations of athlete misconduct, including sexual assault. The Pentagon hasn't said when it will conclude that investigation.

Read more at the Colorado Springs Gazette