DC female cadets complain of sexual harassment
The cadets are high school graduates hoping to get a jump-start on firefighting
By Jay Korff
WASHINGTON — An exclusive ABC7 I-Team Investigation has learned that there is a looming sex scandal in the D.C. Fire Department involving female trainees. Sources tell ABC7 numerous women are part of a formal complaint targeting the department. Two training academy instructors have been accused of harassing female cadets and sources say that harassment was sexual in nature.
Young cadets are trained by mentors who shepherd the recent high school graduates into the field of fire fighting. But multiple sources tell ABC7 that two female cadets recently accused two training academy instructors of sexual harassment.
"A young lady was touched and told to by the official to call them daddy," says the mother of a female cadet, who asked to not be identified for fear of retaliation. She says while her daughter was "not" harassed, other young women told her daughter about various sexual advances directed at them.