What was it like at West Point on Feb. 2 when they saw the Times Herald Record front page headline, “ROTTEN TO THE CORPS?” It must have been a real kick in the gut to the entire Corps of Cadets.
The issue concerned 56 reports of alleged sexual assault, of which 43 were referred for “possible prosecution.” There are 4,294 Cadets at West Point and 43 cases of sexual assault. That affects 1% of the entire Corps of Cadets. The U.S. Justice Department defines sexual assault as “anything that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.” A pretty loose term…
The article implies the worst by not defining the charges made against the cadets. That omission suggests their guilt and in light of the false charges of rape that occur in our society now, we ought to reserve judgment. Surely our soldiers deserve the assumption of innocence until proven guilty in America.
To call the entire Corps of Cadets ROTTEN was an astounding disservice to these young men who are the cream of the crop; the honor students and top athletes from High Schools across America. We are so proud of West Point here in the Hudson Valley!
Sadly, this expose’ is not only unfair to the Cadets, but to all their parents and to the siblings who look up to them. Why is it ok to treat our military academies with such disrespect?
In time, some will be found guilty, but some may be innocent. Where will they go then to get their good name and honor back?
DEBORAH C. DILTZ