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the victims understand that they can come forward and they will be treated US president Donald trump's nominee for the second highest post in the military Air Force general John heighten categorically denied to sexual assault allegations against him and his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday but I want to state to you and to the American people in the strongest possible terms of these allegations are false heightens emphatic denial follows a U. S. Air Force investigation that did not substantiate the allegations against him by an army colonel who was formerly under his command his accuser colonel Catherine's let's juicer sat silently in the hearing room watching the testimony she claims heighten engaged in on wanted kissing touching and rubbing up against her who haven't bought heightened one for critical backing on the hill from senator Martha make Sally the first female combat pilots in the U. S. Air Force who has said publicly she was raped by a superior officer during her service the truth is that general Hayden is innocent of these charges , sexual assault happens in the military , it just didn't happen in this case , I pray the accuser gets the help she needs and finds the peace she is searching for but it cannot be by destroying general heightened with these false allegations sexual assault and harassment in the US military is largely under reported and the numbers show that the problem is getting worse the Pentagon estimated in may that sexual assaults claims spiked nearly thirty eight percent in two thousand and eighteen to six thousand and fifty three reported cases according to an anonymous survey if confirmed hi tin who would become the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said he would back reforms to address sexual assault calling it a scourge on our military