(Documentation is from the Department of Defense Inspector General report, February 1993)
VICTIM NUMBER 7
Victim 7 is a 30-year-old female
United States Navy lieutenant. She attended
Tailhook '91 with two female friends,
one civilian and one Naval Reserve officer.
This was the second convention she
attended, the first in 1990.
||Lieutenant (0-3) United States Navy/Female
|Date/Time of Incidents:
||Thursday, September 5, 1991 10:30-11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 1991 7:30-9:30 p.m.
|Place of Incident:
||Hallway, Third Floor, Las Vegas Hilton|
The victim told us that at Tailhook '90, she
went down the hallway and was grabbed. She believed that
the "brass" knew about the harassment and lewd behavior
toward women in the hallway at Tailhook '90 and
assumed they would address the behavior. Thus, she did not
report her assault nor anything she
saw to any higher authority.
According to the victim, while outside on the pool
patio area at approximately 10:30 to 11:00 p.m. on
Thursday, September 5, 1991, several males placed squadron
stickers on her buttocks. Also on that evening, two to
three males touched and patted her on the buttocks. Later,
while in a suite, possibly the Top Gun, suite, she attempted
to enter the rest room. A male blocked the doorway and would
not let her enter. She told the male that her friend was in
the rest room, but he still would not let her in.
When she tried to go around him, he grabbed her shoulder
with one hand to stop her. She told the male to take his
hands off her and pushed his hand away. The male then
grabbed her again, and she pushed him away from her.
The male called her a "cunt," whereupon she threw her
drink on him and ran out the door. The male began to
follow, until she stopped to talk to three older men. She told the male that the older men were her
protection, and he left her alone.
The victim told us that as a result of her being assaulted
in the hallway at Tailhook 90, she knew to avoid the
hallway in 1991 and was able for the most part to do so.
The only exception was one incident on Saturday, when
she was escorted by three other naval officers, one
female and two males. According to the victim, while
walking down the main hallway of the third floor, she
was grabbed on the crotch by a male. She turned around,
grabbed the male's arm and punched him with her free hand.
The victim felt very capable of dealing with
the crowd because she had other "guys" with her, she
indicated that she is not the "type" to let some
guy get away with pawing me if I can help it."
The victim explained that the gauntlet, as experienced
witnessed by her, "was not a formal organized thing;
it was a bunch of drunken men in the hallway abusing
women as they walked by." The victim stated that the
gauntlet started at the elevator bays and
continued along the hallway through room 360.
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