Sexual Abuse of Teens in the Military’s J.R.O.T.C. Program

Former students say military veterans who led J.R.O.T.C. classes in U.S. high schools fashioned themselves as mentors, then used their power to manipulate and abuse.

 

 


From left: Michael Bass, pleaded guilty to aggravated statutory rape; Brad Gibson, pleaded guilty to indecent liberties; Hosea McGhee, pleaded guilty to molestation and solicitation; Christopher Vlangas, pleaded guilty to statutory rape. From left: Michael Bass, pleaded guilty to aggravated statutory rape; Brad Gibson, pleaded guilty to indecent liberties; Hosea McGhee, pleaded guilty to molestation and solicitation; Christopher Vlangas, pleaded guilty to statutory rape.

 


Dominique Mixon, left, met with a young woman who was abused by the same instructor. “I was looking for a role model, but not someone who would overstep the boundaries and take advantage of me,” Ms. Mixon said.


 


A J.R.O.T.C. group marching in a Veterans Day parade in November. In J.R.O.T.C. classrooms, instructors are not just teachers, they are superior officers. Abuse victims say the power dynamics in the program make it more difficult to resist sexual assaults.



A text message exchange between Ms. Bauer and Steve Hardin, her J.R.O.T.C. instructor.


 

 
 
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