PARK WORKERS AT GRAND CANYON PROMPT SEX PROBE
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