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House GOP candidate asks DoD to launch criminal probe into release of file detailing sexual assault

Green says her opponent, Democratic Rep. Frank Mrvan, "illegally obtained" information about her sexual assault that occurred while in the military and Politico published it without permission.

Published: October 10, 2022 4:17pm

Updated: October 10, 2022 10:50pm

Jennifer-Ruth Green, a Republican House candidate in Indiana, is asking the Department of Defense, U.S. Attorney and the Air Force Inspector General to launch "launch criminal probes" into the unauthorized release of her personnel file that contained personal information about her sexual assault in the military. 

Green accused her opponent, Democratic Rep. Frank Mrvan, of "illegally obtaining" information about the assault. She said Politico published it on their news website without permission.

“I’m a survivor of sexual trauma in the military. I am being forced to share this information outside of my own timeline and for the first time publicly because my Congressman, Frank Mrvan, and his cronies illegally obtained my military records describing my sexual assault," Green said in a statement on Sunday. "His team fished the details of my assault to different news outlets, asking them to share misinformation to portray me as a failed military officer who lacks integrity. This is false."

Green explained that she previously "appealed the incident with the military and the entire issue is settled."

"Clearly, I have progressed as a military member, promoting to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and successfully completing a command tour," she said. "I have written to the U.S. Attorney, the Air Force Inspector General, and the Department of Defense asking them to launch criminal probes into the release of my confidential personnel file."

Green also said she's "saddened to have to share publicly one of the most private events of my life" and even more saddened about Mrvan tolerating "this despicable behavior from his campaign and his allies." She noted that she previous applauded him for "authoring the military sexual trauma" legislation.

"It’s unacceptable for every vet, it’s unacceptable for every woman, and it’s unacceptable for anyone who has ever been a victim of sexual assault," she said.

Mrvan's office did not respond to a request for comment fron news organizations. Politico defended its story, saying the records related to Green were “were obtained by a public records request and provided … by a person outside the Mrvan campaign.”

Green told Fox News that she would be treated differently if she was a Democratic candidate.

"If I were on the other side of the ticket, they would weep for me, they would mourn for me," Green said. "Only because I'm a Republican do they feel this is acceptable. But it's unacceptable for every vet, it's unacceptable for every woman, it's unacceptable for everybody who has ever been a victim of sexual assault in their entire life."

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