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flagstaff, ariz.» Deep in­side the Grand Canyon, on river trips that stretch for weeks, Na­tional Park Ser­vice work­ers have preyed on their fe­male col­leagues, de­mand­ing sex and re­tal­i­at­ing against women who re­fused, a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion found.

The Depart­ment of the In­te­rior’s In­spec­tor Gen­eral’s re­port Tues­day was prompted by a com­plaint in 2014 ac­cus­ing the Grand Canyon Na­tional Park’s chain of com­mand of mis­han­dling com­plaints that trip lead­ers pres­sured fe­male co-work­ers for sex, touched them in­ap­pro­pri­ately, made lewd com­ments and re­tal­i­ated when re­jected.

Thir­teen cur­rent and for­mer Grand Canyon em­ploy­ees filed the 2014 com­plaint al­leg­ing a pat­tern of abuse that con­tin­ued for 15 years. The In­spec­tor Gen­eral’s Of­fice in­ter­viewed 80 peo­ple, 19 of whom said they ex­pe­ri­enced sim­i­lar bad be­hav­ior. A Park Ser­vice hu­man re­sources of­fi­cial de­scribed a “lais­sez faire” cul­ture of “what hap­pens on the river stays on the river” that con­tin­ued even af­ter the women for­mally com­plained. Eight women said the men re­acted in a hos­tile man­ner dur­ing the trips when re­jected. Sev­eral ac­cused a boat­man of ar­bi­trar­ily tak­ing them to the wrong sites so that they couldn’t do their as­signed work. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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