An Army National Guard soldier committed suicide after being gang-raped on the job. The assault that led to her death concluded the two years of horror that officer Morgan Robinson had suffered in the hands of her colleagues, which began in 2018 when one of her supervisors sexually assaulted her while they were stationed in Kuwait.

Debbie Robinson, the mother of Morgan Robinson, said her daughter reported the attack but the higher-ups did nothing to punish the supervisor or protect her. She said the assault happened multiple times while they were in Kuwait.

Debbie also revealed that when Morgan was sent to Afghanistan on the same deployment, several soldiers gang-raped her while on duty but her daughter became too disillusioned by the system to even report it. Four months after the series of sexual assaults she suffered in Afghanistan, the female officer killed herself.

“To think that that’s what took her life—that’s what broke her,” said Debbie. “They wanted her body. And they took her soul,” she added.

Debbie claimed that when the Army probed into the death of Morgan and handed her a report on the investigation, she realized much of the story had already been censored. She said the parts that were not blacked out in the report said, “Sergeant Robinson suffered sexual, physical, and psychological trauma while deployed. The sequel of this trauma was a factor in her death.”

Debbie Robinson said the Army was responsible for Morgan’s death due to its failure to do something about the incident the first time her daughter had told them about it. “I just didn’t understand how they could actually stand there and look me in the eyes, and hand that to me,” said Debbie Robinson. “They can’t police their self. How can you investigate yourself? You can’t,” she added.

In a statement, the Army denied Debbie’s claims and said it had conducted a full investigation into the assault and taken appropriate action against the colleagues responsible for Morgan Robinson’s death. “The department remains committed to our goals of ending sexual assault in the military, providing the highest quality response to service members and holding offenders appropriately accountable,” said principal policy adviser Elizabeth Van Winkle.

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