A recent report tells the story of Marine 2nd Lieutenant Elle Helmer. She claims that in 2006 after a night of drinking on St. Patrick’s Day she was ordered to go to the office of a Major. She says the Major kissed her and when she tried to flee, he grabbed her arm and pulled her hard enough that her head hit his desk and she passed out. Helmer goes onto claim that she later woke up bleeding outside her office and she believed she was raped. Her allegations continue by claiming that the matter was not investigated and that she was hounded out of the service.
Read it for yourself. It sounds damning. Did command and investigators drop the ball? Absolutely they did by discouraging an investigation. Does that mean she was raped? No. It’s possible she had been drinking enough to not remember events. It’s possible she feared misconduct charges of her own and claimed rape. It’s possible that she just blacked out and hit her head. There should have been a full investigation. It was wrong not to conduct one. It’s also wrong to assume we know the truth in the absence of one.