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8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 13, 1997

NATION/WORLD

Army sex scandals spread to Germany

BONN, Germany (AP) - The sex scandals in
the U.S. Army have spread to Germany, where the
service relieved three male instructors of their,
duties after 11 female soldiers accused them of
sexual abuse and harassment.
Two of the instructors at Darmstadt training cen-
ter have been in custody since Feb. 7 after alleged-
ly trying to "influence the testimony" of one
woman, the Army said yesterday.
The third suspect was ordered not to contact any
victim or potential witnesses at the training center
south of Frankfurt.
It is the most serious sex-abuse scandal to hit a
U.S. military installation in Germany in years. At
least some of the alleged acts happened after accu-

sations of sexual misconduct surfaced at the
Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland last
November, which led to the appointment of a panel
to investigate the extent of the problem in the Army.
The women in Germany accused the instructors,
all non-commissioned officers, of sodomy, inde-
cent assault, cruelty and maltreatment of subordi-
nates, the Army said in response to an inquiry by
The Associated Press.
The training center offers a two-week course
attended by all soldiers with the 233rd Base
Support Battalion and other units around
Darmstadt. About 30 students at a time receive
instructions about life in Germany and support
services available to them.

Terry Viedt, spokeswoman for the 233rd, said
she could reveal no details of the allegations
because the investigation is not over.
Stars and Stripes, the unofficial newspaper for
the U.S. military, reported earlier this week that
two women say they were sodomized by two
instructors on Dec. 27.
That incident occurred at the barracks room of
one of the instructors, the newspaper said. The two
women went there voluntarily after encountering
the two men at a military bar, the paper said.
The two students drank with the instructors. One
of the women said she was tired and went to bed. The
other had consensual sex with one of the instructors,
but has accused the instructor of sodomizing her

despite her objections, Stars and Stripes said.
The other woman awoke later and found herself
naked with the other instructor on top of her
"engaging in sexual intercourse," and she alleges
she was also sodomized, the paper said.
Military officials are attempting to find and
interview all women who had been students at the
training center while the three instructors taught
there, the paper said. One of the instructors arrived
last August and the two others in October, the
report said.
The investigation goes back to November, the
Army said, when a female soldier complained that
she had been sexually harassed by non-commis-
sioned officers at the Darmstadt school.

DIVERSITY
Continued from Page 1A
director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual
Programs Office and three students,
who candidly spoke of the trials of liv-
ing a homosexual life on campus.
Panelist Luke Klipp, an LSA first-
year student, warned that he constantly
faces prejudice toward homosexuals.
"These stories are simply little pieces
of our experiences," Klipp said. "It still
goes on."
The panelists told their personal sto-
ries about "coming out" as homosexual.
"What's been great about coming out
for me is its given me a whole new per-
spective on everything,' said panelist
Michael Burke, an LSA senior.

"Coming out sort of changed my
whole career and life," Burke said.
"Coming out was a very scary and dif-
ficult process, but if you have support,
it helps a lot."
The panelists also acknowledged the
problems they face in Ann Arbor.
"There is a difference between out-
wardly liberal and inwardly liberal," said
Neela Ghoshal, an LSA sophomore.
"Ann Arbor is outwardly liberal.
People like to talk about diversity, but
for me that is not enough. We need peo-
ple to be more supportive, more active.
We need people who are not homosex-
ual to come to a panel on lesbian, gay,
and bisexual issues," Ghoshal said.
All of the panelists criticized the
atmosphere of diversity in Ann Arbor,

saying that more people need to stand
up and be actively involved.
"Ann Arbor is more conservative than
I thought," Klipp said. "As liberal as it
tries to be, my experience is that it is
pretty difficult to be homosexual on
campus."
Burke said that the attitude on campus
is more about tolerance than acceptance.
"Outside of the LGBPO, some of the
administration and some offices have a
lot of homophobic sentiments there,
which is not cool at all," Burke said.
Sanlo said that as more people "come
out," backlash against homosexuals
increases.
"We do need to encourage our allies to
be comfortable enough with their own
sexuality to openly support us," he said.

BOOKS
Continued from Page 1A
to present the most recent historical
scholarship in a political, social and
economic context, while offering an
Afrocentric perspective.
An example of this is found in vol-
ume one, "The First Passage: Blacks in
the Americas, 1502-1617." In this
book, historian Colin Palmer of the
City University of New York details the
development of the slave trade and the.
forced migration of an estimated 10 to
20 million people from diverse nations.
Palmer ultimately illustrates how
African American culture developed
and endured despite these hardships.
In volume five, assistant director of
the American Historical Association,
Noralee Frankel, quotes a little-known
speech given to freed slaves by Major
Martin Delaney, one of few African
Americans to reach officer status dur
ing the Civil War.
"Only you were the means for your
master to lead the idle and inglorious
life, and to give his children the educa-
tion which he denied to you for fear
you may awake to conscience'
Delaney told the newly freed slaves.
Lewis said he did not plan on writing
one of the books, but changed his mind
as the project moved forward.
"I didn't intend to author a volume
but ended up co-authoring a volume or
civil rights with Vincent Harding and
Robin Kelley," Lewis said
Lewis, Kelley and Harding collabo-
rated on volume nine, "We Changed,
the World: African Americans, 1945-
1970."
The book analyzes roots of the civil
rights movement, including Rosa Parks.
and the ensuing Montgomery bus boy-'
cott, the rise of Martin Luther King Jr.
and Malcolm X, and the advent of thA
Student N'on-Violent Coordinating
Committee and the Black Panthers.

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