The Air Force official in charge of its sexual-assault prevention program was arrested for groping, authorities said Monday. Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, 41, was removed from his position as head of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office pending an investigation, the Air Force said. [NBC News]

Mug shot of Air Force Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, who headed the service's sexual-abuse prevention office until he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in Virginia over the weekend. [Arlington PD]

Mug shot of Air Force Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, who headed the service’s sexual-abuse prevention office until he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in Virginia over the weekend. [Arlington PD]

REPRESENTING the Air Force’s continued war on women, made famous twenty years ago in Tailhook by the Navy, we now have the latest poster child for the U.S. military, Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski. This is the man the brass picked to head the sexual-abuse PREVENTION office. His arrest comes at the same time we learn that sexual assaults have skyrocketed in the U.S. military, a report being released Tuesday will reveal.

The Pentagon still doesn’t take sexual assault seriously.

This comes just a month after Lt. General Craig Franklin threw out a guilty verdict on sexual assault against Lt. Colonel James Wilkerson III. Wilkerson was found guilty in 2012 by a jury of Air Force officers of sexually assaulting a woman at his home outside Aviano Air Base in Italy.

It moved Secretary Hagel to make a move to stop this from happening again. From CNN in April:

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asked Congress to pass a law “eliminating the discretion for a convening authority to change the findings of a court-martial, except for certain minor offenses that would not ordinarily warrant trial by court-martial.”

Lt. General Craig Franklin’s reasoning for the reversal is laid out in the CNN article and it will make you nauseous. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was all over the case at the time, with even the Pentagon lawyer stating at Gillibrand’s hearing that it was time to change the rules and not allow what Lt. General Franklin did to happen again.

So, obviously, Lt. Col Jeff Krusinski is not an anomaly. That’s made obvious by the fact that the Air Force has had this problem for decades and still hasn’t solved it.

What happened the night Krusinki assaulted the woman, from NBC News, is below. But first get a load of the predator’s face in his mug shot above. The woman made him pay as best she could, with the scratches to his face her mark. This is what women can do. Put their signature on the face of the man who dares to use his power to humiliate, degrade and physically violate her.

The incident happened just after midnight Sunday when a drunken Krusinski allegedly approached the woman in a parking lot in Arlington, Va., and grabbed her breasts and buttocks, according to a police report.

Police said the woman fought off her assailant and scratches can be seen on Krusinski’s face in his mug shot. He was charged with sexual battery.

In a parking lot… It’s all so very “Thelma and Louise.” Unfortunately, it’s the wrong century.

Sexual assault does not rear up out of nowhere.

Secretary Chuck Hagel needs to bear down on the culture in the U.S. military that continues to breed predators in an atmosphere that is not punishing these men sufficiently. The crime of sexual assault is not seen as the horror it is to the victims.

This is no longer an “invisible war.” It’s not only known, but was represented by the Air Force putting Lt. Col. Jeff Kursinski in charge of the sexual-abuse PREVENTION office when he obviously had no business being there.

We have a serious epidemic of criminal sexual assault going on under the noses of our top military brass, who are also finding ways to excuse the men who commit these crimes. They are exploding in numbers and frequency, because more people are reporting them. The problem remains that the Pentagon and DoD isn’t doing enough to stop them.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon will release its annual report on sexual assaults in the military, which shows an increase in reported assaults in fiscal year 2012 ““ up from 3,192 a year before. Furthermore, the number of people who made an anonymous claim that they were sexually assaulted but never reported the attack skyrocketed from 19,000 in FY11 to 26,000 in FY12. [NBC News]