A FORMER senior female military officer has been slammed for suggesting a murdered woman soldier deserved to be sexually harassed.
Air Force Lt Col Betsy Schoeller made the comments on Facebook after a friend posted an article about Vanessa Guillen.
The 20-year-old was bludgeoned with a hammer at Fort Hood in Central Texas and later dismembered before her body was dumped.
The Army has identified the soldier suspected in Guillen’s disappearance as Aaron David Robinson, who shot himself as police tried to contact him.
Schoeller, who is now a senior lecturer at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, criticised other social media users who expressed sympathy for Guillen.
“You guys are kidding, right? Sexual harassment is the price of admission for women into the good ole boy club,” she wrote in the since deleted post.
“If you’re gonna cry like a snowflake about it, you’re gonna pay the price.”
Her comments sparked outrage from other social media users and a Change.org petition is demanding she be fired from her position.
“Incredible – I can’t believe what I’m reading. Where does she get off saying something like that?!,”
wrote one social media user.
“This woman was bludgeoned, hacked up and buried in a shallow grave!”
Another added: “This is like the whole ‘girls can’t wear revealing clothing because men can’t control their urges” on a whole other level.”
A fellow veteran agreed that Schoeller’s response could encourage sexual harassment.
“I spent literally half my career handling sexual assault/harassment charges for sailors,” they said.
“Leaders like her not only encourage harassment, they protect predators. This is not a mentality she left with her uniform. She brought it with her.”
Human remains were found Tuesday about 20 miles east of Fort Hood, in the search for Guillen.
Her family said through their attorney Natalie Khawam that they believe evidence shows the remains are Guillen though they have yet to be positively identified.
Guillen’s older sister, Mayra Guillen, said her sister had spoken with their mother about experiencing sexual harassment,
From their text conversations, Mayra said she believed her sister was afraid during her time at Fort Hood.
On Thursday prosecutors charged a civilian Cecily Aguilar, 22, of Killeen, Texas, near Fort Hood, with one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence.
Aguilar helped Robinson mutilate and hide Guillen’s body, says the criminal complaint.
Khawam said that Aguilar is the estranged wife of another Fort Hood soldier and may have been having some sort of relationship with Robinson.
Guillen was set to be promoted to specialist this month but was last seen April 22 in a parking lot at Fort Hood.
Her car keys, barracks room key, ID card and wallet were found in the room where she was working the day she disappeared.
But Army investigators have said there’s no evidence that Vanessa Guillen had been sexually harassed or assaulted.
“We are still investigating their interactions but at this time there is no credible information for reports that specialist Robinson sexually harassed specialist Guillen,” said Fort Hood CID Special Agent Damon Phelps.
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