Senators ask Perry to investigate sexual assault allegations at NNSS

    Governor Rick Perry speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC. | Photo: Gage Skidmore
    Governor Rick Perry speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC. | Photo: Gage Skidmore

    U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen sent a joint letter to the Department of Energy asking it to investigate allegations of sexual assault, harassment and retaliation at the Nevada National Security Site.

    In a New York Times’ story published Jan. 25, Jennifer Glover, a former guard at the site, described a history of sexism and harassment during the time she was employed at the NNSS. Glover says she was sexually assaulted during a training exercise in 2017.

    According to the article “one man ran his hands up her legs, she said, then grabbed her buttocks and groin. Another flipped her over, reached into her top to grab her breasts and ripped out her nipple ring.”

    Both senators took to social media to decry the incident, but then sent an official letter to Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry Jan. 31 requesting he launch an investigation into this incident as well as give them quarterly updates on his review. 

    “The actions described are unacceptable and require your immediate attention and swift action to protect the rights and safety of the survivor and to hold perpetrators accountable,” the senators wrote. “We urge you to immediately investigate this disturbing incident as well as initiate a thorough review of the broader existence of sexual assault and harassment by employees and contractors at the Nevada National Security Site and all facilities administered by the U.S. Department of Energy.”

    Glover, who was fired around the same time the New York Times’ began investigating her story, has filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against two government contractors, Centerra and SOC.

    According to the Times, Centerra declined to comment and SOC cited “significant inaccuracies in the facts and premise” but did not provide additional details to the Times.


    Michael Lyle
    Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.


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