Filner Flashback: Demands Zero Tolerance on Sexual Assault at Veterans' Affairs

Rep. Filner on the floor of Congress in 2011

"There shall be no sexual assaults on our [Veterans' Affairs] sites, and yet what we're saying here, 'Oh, we'll add a few more reporting requirements.' Well that doesn't send a message because we already had the reporting requirements. That's try to find a way... to send a message to our agency not that we are going to pass a few rules but that we're going to take this seriously. We're going to demand that the employees who did not follow what is clearly stated in rule and law about reporting alleged cases of sexual assault and that they did not follow this. They ought to have been terminated in my opinion. This is so serious and would have sent such a good message to those who might either perpetrate or are victims of such assault. They should have been terminated. I doubt that they were. I would doubt that they were even removed from their jobs. I would hope the V.A. [Veterans Administration] might contradict me. I doubt that there is anything more than a note that they should do better in the future. I hope I'm wrong but I will tell you that the history of personnel actions in response to acts such as these has not been one that gives confidence to me that we have sent the right message."

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