WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Army National Guard soldier Morgan Robinson reportedly took her own life after receiving no help from her superiors when she reported being sexually assaulted on the job.
- Morgan had accused one of her supervisors of sexually assaulting and harassing her multiple times but received no support.
- She was then too scared to report after being allegedly gang-raped by fellow soldiers until she took her own life four months later.
Debbie Robinson, the mother of Army National Guard soldier Morgan Robinson, said her daughter took her own life after her supervisors did nothing to help her when she reported being sexually assaulted on the job.
“To think that that’s what took her life — that’s what broke her. They wanted her body. And they took her soul,” the grieving mother told CBS Evening News.
Morgan joined the Army in 2010. According to the CBS report, she was allegedly sexually assaulted and harassed multiple times by one of her supervisors during their deployment in Kuwait two years ago.
Debbie said that Morgan proceeded to report the attacks but “she got nothing.” Her superiors did not protect her or punish the supervisor.
Morgan was then sent to Afghanistan, where she was allegedly gang-raped by multiple soldiers, CBS reported. But she was too scared and after being disillusioned by the system, she did not report it. She took her own life four months later.
The outlet is now looking into the US military’s failures to address these sex crimes.
An investigation into her death was launched by the Army, who then handed a report — albeit heavily redacted — to Debbie.
The report partly stated, “Sergeant Robinson suffered sexual, physical, and psychological trauma while deployed. The sequel of this trauma was a factor in her death.”
Debbie remarked, “I just didn’t understand how they could actually stand there and look me in the eyes, and hand that to me.”
Debbie holds the Army responsible for her daughter’s death and for their failure to conduct a proper investigation and “handle what happened” to her daughter.
She remarked, “They can’t police their self. How can you investigate yourself? You can’t.” She then pointed out the importance of an outside agency that investigates sexual assault cases within the Army.
According to the Army, officers had already conducted a full investigation into Morgan’s sexual assault report and has taken “appropriate” action against the supervisor.
The officer who was accused of attacking Morgan in Kuwait was given a written reprimand — eight months after her death.
Elizabeth Van Winkle, the principal policy adviser of the Army, stated, “The department remains committed to our goals of ending sexual assault in the military, providing the highest quality response to service members and holding offenders appropriately accountable.”
Debbie shared, “[It was] a job that she loved. It was for her country. Everything just plays over and over and over in [my] head, thinking, ‘Did I miss something? Could I have done something?’”
Source: New York Post