Battling the Storm Within

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Lack of transparency around sexual assault in the National Guard makes it hard to see if real change is happening

Sexual assault reports in the National Guard increased by 30% from 2019 to 2020, Wisconsin National Guard top commander Paul Knapp said in a Wisconsin Public Radio segment Thursday.

Knapp, Wisconsin major general, attributed this increase to an influx of Guard members who are more comfortable coming forward.

In a separate WPR segment, Katelyn Ferral, a Capital Times reporter and former O’Brien Fellow in Public Service Journalism, said this claim is “at odds” with what survivors said in her investigation of the Guard.


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