STATEMENT BY CONGRESSWOMAN CAROLYN MALONEY ON THE NAVY DECISION TO RESTORE TIES WITH TAILHOOK
NEW YORK - After learning last night that the US Navy has decided to restore full ties to the Tailhook Association, the naval aviators organization that gained attention in 1991 for a slew of scandalous acts of sexual harassment waged against female officers during their Las Vegas convention, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) released the following statement:
"None of us knows the specifics about how the Navy reached its decision to restore ties with Tailhook. I am hopeful that this was a sound decision, but also concerned. I think it is critical that the Navy ensures that Tailhook is a comfortable place for women. I am still very worried that the military has not learned its lesson about the importance of addressing the problems of sexual harassment within the ranks. The scandal of Tailhook should have taught everyone involved that we must address the issue of sexual harassment before such egregious acts occur. But as far as I am concerned, the jury is still out on whether there has been a sea change in the military."
Maloney also plans to send a letter to the Navy asking for permission to attend the first Tailhook Association convention, to see firsthand if reforms are being implemented.
Congresswoman Maloney (D-NY) is the Democratic chair of the Congressional Women's Caucus. Since being elected to Congress, Maloney has fought hard to ensure that women in the military have greater protection from sexual harassment and rape and also have a fair shot at equal treatment in the US armed services.