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Details of a soldier’s sexual violence death revealed to the public

A soldier killed by another soldier three years after her death received a $30,000,000 lawsuit from the family of that soldier.

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Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén was shot and killed by a fellow service member in April of 2020.

On Friday, August 12, Guillén’s family sued the Army for $35 million in damages.

According to the complaint, the Army did nothing when Guillén complained about being sexually harassed.

Vanessa Guillén vanished from Fort Hood, Texas, on April 22, 2020. In the end, it took more than two months, but on June 30th, contractors located Guillén’s body 24 miles away, along the Leon River.

The death of US Army soldier Jose Guillén made headlines across the country. Once word got out that Guillén had been sexually harassed before her death, other women in the US military came forward to describe their own experiences with sexual assault.

The Guillén family sued the United States Army for $35 million on Friday.

Sexual harassment, rape, sodomy, and physical assault were committed against Guillén between October 2019 and April 2020, causing her “mental anguish, fear, emotional distress, physical injury, and death,” according to court documents.

U.S. Army spokesman Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Hewitt said to Insider, “As a matter of policy, the Army does not comment on ongoing litigation.”

In their lawsuit, Guillén’s family describes how she was sexually harassed by officers in the Army and how the service initially ignored her complaints.

In this case, Guillén claims that her superiors engaged in sexual harassment.

Guillén enlisted in the military in June of 2018. To “protect our nation and her family,” as Guillén’s sister put it in the claim, the recent high school graduate could not wait to join the US Army.

However, Guillén’s behavior abruptly shifted in the first month of the year 2020. Her older sister received a tearful phone call in which the younger sister revealed that the older sister wanted to kill herself, without providing any further details.

The family “couldn’t understand why Vanessa wasn’t the cheerful young woman that we all knew,” her sister wrote.

Not until a few weeks later did Guillén discuss her time in the military. It was reported that she told her mother that “multiple higher ups in her chain of command” were harassing her sexually.

A senior soldier had “solicited” Guillén to “participate in a sexual act” several months earlier.

Then, in September of 2020, Guillén was harassed once again during a field training exercise where soldiers spent the weekend engaging in simulated battle scenarios. She claims that during the nightly perimeter check for her platoon, a “higher up” trained the chemlight on her while she was “conducting personal hygiene.”

According to the legal paperwork, “those encounters were not accidental whatso ever (sic), he was sexually harassing my sister.”

Despite being “upset and very disturbed” by what had happened, Guillén remained silent. She anticipated a negative reaction if she spoke up. Although Guillén tried to keep a low profile, she allegedly experienced “major retaliation” after rumors about both incidents spread throughout the unit.

Guillén begged her mom to stay out of it because she was afraid of getting in trouble with her superiors even more.

Vanessa, according to her sister, assured everyone that she would be fine regardless of the circumstances.

Guillén’s murder suspect’s covert girlfriend faces murder charges.

No one in Guillén’s family was able to get in touch with her after 10:30 a.m. on April 22, 2020. When her sister asked the staff sergeant about Guillén, he said he had no idea. She was no longer there.

Guillén’s sister wrote in the filing that the family had to endure “two months of worry, fury, injustice, protesting, on foot searching, vague investigations on behalf of the army, and tears.”

Dead body of Guillén was discovered on June 30 in Belton, Texas, near the Leon River.

There were three separate graves containing “body parts, burned, in cement,” as her sister put it. We realized our worst nightmare had come true.

A federal complaint alleges that another soldier, Aaron Robinson, murdered Guillén. A few days before the charge was announced, Robinson shot and killed himself after being confronted by police.

Instead, Robinson’s girlfriend Cecily Aguilar was the only person brought up on charges related to Guillén’s death. Robinson claimed to Aguilar that he killed Guillén by striking her over the head with a hammer several times before burying her body in a large box. Justice Department documents allege the couple made attempts to dismember and burn the body.

The alleged motivation for Guillén’s murder was revealed in a now-sealed document filed by Aguilar’s lawyer on May 19 of this year, as first reported by KCEN.

According to the document, Aguilar, who was having an affair with Robinson, claimed that Robinson killed Guillén after she discovered a photo of her on his phone.

A picture of Aguilar was on Robinson’s phone’s lock screen, as Guillén witnessed, according to the paper. Since Aguilar was still married to another soldier, he hit Guillén on the head with a hammer and told her he was worried about getting in trouble for violating the Army’s fraternization rules.

It took the Army months to admit that sexual harassment was occurring within the ranks.

Claims made by the Guillén family state that the Army initially denied that sexual harassment had occurred despite the revelations.

Her loved ones, however, were not willing to give up. After months of persistence and two additional investigations, the Army released a report finding that Guillén had made allegations of sexual harassment on at least two separate occasions. However, her manager did not take action on the report, so Guillén’s concerns went unnoticed.

As a result of the report’s dissemination, 14 Fort Hood Army officials, including several senior leaders, were either terminated or placed on administrative leave. The investigation revealed “major flaws” and a “command climate that was permissive of sexual harassment and sexual assault,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said.

The murder of Guillén had already taken a toll on her loved ones, both psychologically and physically.

“Vanessa did not deserve to be sexually harassed, murdered, dismembered, burned, buried alive in cement, and separated from her loved ones. Ever since then, there has been a great void in our lives “Brother or sister penned the text.