Retired Air Force Colonel Clarifies Controversial Article About Vanessa Guillen

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Retired Wisconsin Air National Guard colonel clarifies controversial comments she made about killed Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen, saying she did not want to imply that sexual harassment is the “price of ‘admission’ for women in the military.Betsy Schoeller, who is also a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, released a statement on Sunday offering condolences to Guillen’s loved ones and the sexual assault and harassment to “all victims”.

But Schoeller insisted that she “didn’t mean” that she believed that sexual harassment came with the territory of women in the military and “if you’re going to cry like a snowflake about it, you go pay the price ”- as she posted a few days earlier on a private Facebook page for veterans.

“I didn’t mean to imply that’s how I feel,” said Schoeller on Sunday. “I was giving a voice to the messages that women hear in the culture of sexual harassment: the message we received from the culture is not only will you suffer from sexual harassment, but if you believe about it, you will suffer even more.”

A petition asking for Schoeller’s dismissal from his post at the university’s School of Information Studies overshadowed more than 131,000 signatures Monday morning.

University officials, meanwhile, denounced his remarks on Saturday in a statement but said they could not regulate the private speech of its employees. She has worked at the school for 23 years, reported the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Schoeller, who retired as Wisconsin National Guard colonel in 2017, told the newspaper that she had been sexually harassed while serving in the military. Schoeller thought his remarks about Guillen on Facebook were private, she said.

“When you look at my comment, I was not talking about a specific person,” said Schoeller. “I was just expressing this message that we receive as women. To be called names. Be called “sissy” and any derogatory term you can think of. ”

Schoeller said she hoped her statement released on Sunday would clarify her original message, which she said was “misinterpreted”.

“I hope this post provides the context that was missing from my original Facebook post,” the statement said. “Individuals cannot change the system alone. We must unite to be strong and focus our energies to ensure that what happened to SPC Vanessa Guillen does not happen to anyone. ”

The human remains found in a shallow grave in Texas last week have been identified as Guillen, a family lawyer said on Sunday.

Guillen, 20, was last seen on April 22 at Fort Hood, where she was based. Federal and military investigators believe she was killed and dismembered by fellow countryman Aaron David Robinson, 20, who committed suicide last week when police attempted to contact him.

Before her disappearance, Guillen’s relatives said she had told them that she was being sexually harassed by one of her sergeants at Fort Hood, reported the Journal-Sentinel. But military investigations have revealed that there is no evidence to support these allegations.

With post wires

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