The Capital Times reporter Katelyn Ferral investigated how the National Guard mishandled allegations of sexual assault and harrsassment.
Marquette students Sophie Bolich, Sydney Czyzon and Natallie St. Onge assisted Ferral with the series.
In December 2019, Ferral reported on an investigation by federal officials who claimed the Wisconsin Guard’s reviews of assault allegations were “an absolute train wreck.”
Four days following the release of the report showing that the Guard botched investigations of sexual assault and harrassment, the chief of the Wisconsin National Guard Adjunct General Donald Dunbar resigned.
In a later investigation that was national in scope, Ferral found that the National Guard downplayed sexual assault allegations for years and failed to take accountability. The Guard also retaliated against women who filed the allegations, taking away their promotions and re-victimizing them through a justice process that dragged on.
The team's stories got attention in Washington, D.C. and Madison.
All of Ferral’s work for the Cap Times during the Fellowship was co-edited by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a partner of the O’Brien Fellowship.
Works published to date:
Sweeping investigation into sexual misconduct in Wisconsin National Guard could trigger overhaul
Wisconsin National Guard advised sexual assault victims to sign waiver forms, avoid police
Wisconsin National Guard chief resigns after report shows sexual assault investigations violated state and federal law
Wisconsin National Guard’s response to sexual-assault allegations an ‘absolute train wreck,’ federal investigator says
March 18, 2021
‘Hero to Zero’: The National Guard welcomes and promotes women. That is, until they report a sexual assault.
National Guard at a glance
Sexual assault reports in the National Guard tripled in a decade. Here's what else our investigation found.
How one country offered reparations, restorative justice to military sexual assault survivors
A maze leading nowhere: National Guard's convoluted records system hinders justice for sexual assault survivors
March 24, 2021
Congress tackles military sexual assault, but again ignores problems within the National Guard
March 29, 2021
No action from Wisconsin lawmakers more than a year after National Guard sex assault scandal
Cap Times investigation on sexual assault in National Guard sparks federal hearing and initiatives
Baldwin presses National Guard on sexual assault
After years of failure, Defense Department moves to address sex assault in National Guard