July 12, 2023

Ranking Member Larsen Statement on Concealed Sexual Assault Investigation at the Coast Guard Academy

Washington, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the following statement after news that the U.S. Coast Guard concealed an investigation into sexual assaults at the Coast Guard Academy—Operation Fouled Anchor—was made public.

“The path to a future free from sexual assault and harassment begins with bringing these terrible incidents to light—not covering them up,” Ranking Member Larsen said. “That’s part of why the decision by Coast Guard leadership to suppress and delay disclosure of the ugly truths detailed in the ‘Fouled Anchor’ report was inexplicable and wrong. I am committed to learning from the experiences of the survivors who braved a hostile environment to tell their stories which show just how far we must go before our seas are safe for all.”