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She says the Coast Guard whitewashed her sex abuse complaint, then nudged her out the door

She says the Coast Guard whitewashed her sex abuse complaint, then nudged her out the door
When she joined in 2013, Monique Garbutt embodied much of what Coast Guard leadership wants in today’s service. She exited in just six years, after a man she said sexually assaulted her received a light penalty and she fought to find out why.

She says the Coast Guard whitewashed her sex abuse complaint, then nudged her out the door Monique Garbutt, photographed on Dec.(Tribune News Service) — When she joined in 2013, Monique Garbutt embodied much of what Coast Guard leadership wants in today’s service — a hard-working, college-educated, tech-savvy African American woman who brought skill and diversity to the ranks.” Her promising career as an IT network expert at the Cyber Command in the nation’s capital came to a crashing halt after she reported that she was assaulted at a Coast Guard wedding in May 2017.It spotlighted sexual harassment of members of the Coast Guard and retaliation against those who seek redress.

The daughter of Caribbean immigrants, Garbutt was 22 when she enlisted in the Coast Guard in May 2013 after finishing college.She helped with the transmission of secure communications and monitored Coast Guard computer networks to thwart would-be cyber intruders from breaching communications on vessels and at bases across the globe.

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