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Female blogger is ordered to pay US Army colonel she accused of rape $8.4million in damages after he claimed the false allegations cost him a sparkling military career
Susan Shannon, 52, who now lives in Everett, Washington, first alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Army Colonel David ‘Wil’ Riggins in 1986She said she waited three decades to come forward about her experience because of the army’s ‘code of silence’But Riggins, also 52, who vehemently denied the claims, said the ‘false’ allegations had cost him a sparkling military careerBy
Susan Shannon, 52, who now lives in Everett, Washington, first alleged that she was sexually assaulted byArmy Colonel David ‘Wil’ Riggins in 1986,
while they were both cadets, on her blog in 2013.
She saidshe waited three decades to come forward about her experience because of the army’s ‘code of silence’.
But Riggins, also 52, whovehementlydenied the claims, said the ‘false’ allegations had cost him a sparkling military career.
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Susan Shannon (left, as a cadet) alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Army Colonel Wil Riggins (right, as a cadet) in 1986 while they were both cadets at West Point
Shannon said at the time she had finally been inspired to speak about her alleged experience after reading about several high profile convictions for sexual assaults in the military.
Shannon alleged she was raped by her former cadet classmate at the United States Military Academy in New York in 1986. She dropped out shortly afterwards.
Now ajewelrydesigner and a mother living on the West Coast, she added that the pressure in the army to keep quiet and not turn in her peers meant that she did notevenreport the alleged rape at her exit interview.
She made the claims on her blogShort Little Rebel in 2013 which followed the announcement that Colonel Riggins had been nominated for general.
Shannon denied having any knowledge of hisnomination until she was contacted by Armyofficialsinvestigating her blog post.
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