The US Army is looking into the death of Private Ana Basalduaruiz, who had said that a higher-up had sexually harassed her, know her cause of death
The combat engineer, who was 21 years old, was found dead on March 13 at the Texas base Fort Hood.
Who is US army soldier Ana Basalduaruiz dead after accusing superior of sexual harassment, cause of death, obituary, age and family
Ana Basalduaruiz’s mother, Alejandra Ruiz Zarco, said that Basalduaruiz told her, “Everyone wants me to sleep with them.”
In a statement released Thursday, the Army said that “no foul play is obvious,” but that the Ana Basalduaruiz incident is still being looked into. The Army Criminal Investigation Division will continue to gather evidence and look into any possible harassment, the statement said.
I’m aware of the death of Ana Basaldua in Ft Hood, TX. May she Rest In Peace. She was only 21 years old…I will be speaking to the family soon, I find it very sensitive to speak on something I’m not fully aware off yet and this is also very triggering for me… I need to gather my… https://t.co/nkdQQdwYEf pic.twitter.com/Mj7XgoYDQ0
— Mayra Guillen (@mguilen_) March 16, 2023
There have been reports of sexual harassment and assault in the military before and after the terrible event. A recent report from the Department of Defense says that in fiscal year 2021, 29% of women in the military were sexually harassed. This is up from 24% in fiscal year 2018.
Pvt Basalduaruiz’s death at Fort Hood echoes murder of Army Spc Vanessa Guillen
The death of Private Ana Basalduaruiz is similar to another tragedy at Fort Hood. Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen was killed at the same base in 2020. It was said that another soldier had sexually harassed her. A later investigation showed that Guillen had been sexually harassed by a higher-up.
Ana Basalduaruiz had served for 15 months with the 1st Cavalry Division. The leader of the 91st Engineer Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Sullivan, said that she was a “exceptional teammate who will be truly missed.”
The family of Pvt. Ana Basalduaruiz, 21, a combat engineer who died at Fort Hood in Texas, is demanding answers after U.S. Army investigators said that no foul play was evident.
Fort Hood is the same base where Vanessa Guillén was murdered in 2020.
Women being sexually… https://t.co/FOerZ0fZi6 pic.twitter.com/b3zKyOda0w
— Ryan Shead (@RyanShead) March 17, 2023
Col. Christopher Dempsey, who was in charge of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team in the 1st Cavalry Division, told Ana Basalduaruiz’s family, friends, and coworkers that he was sorry for their loss. “A loss of any one of our Soldiers is a tragedy, and it is no different in the death of Private Ana Basalduaruiz,” he said. “We have remained in constant contact with both parents of Private Basalduaruiz and will continue to keep them updated.”
Problem of sexual harassment like is common in military
Sexual harassment is a common problem in the military, and reports show that a large number of service members, especially women, have been victims of this kind of bad behaviour.
In recent years, people have been looking at how the Army deals with claims of sexual harassment and assault. A survey done in 2019 found that more than 20,000 service members had unwanted sexual contact the year before. The Army has taken different steps to deal with the problem, but the cases of Basalduaruiz and Guillen show that more needs to be done.
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