Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sexual Harassment Claims Against Bill Rausch Continued at IAVA, Say Former Employees

After Bill Rausch was forced to resign at Ray Group following allegations of a sexual assault in 2011, he moved to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America nonprofit. Once there, according to coworkers, the improper and alarming behavior continued.

Two sources describe a night in the winter of 2015 where Rausch led a small group of coworkers to the bar after work. Once there, he ordered oysters and champagne and picked up the tab for the expensive dinner. This is very reminiscent of the stories a former girlfriend from Fort Sill tells of how he and his friends would slum the area bars, flashing cash to pick up women. (the photo below is taken from a blog run by an acquaintance during his time there).

During this dinner in 2015, there was Bill, another man, and two women who worked with them (one was a director-level employee, the other was the assistant to IAVA's CEO Paul Riekhoff.) Midway through the night, the other man realized that Bill was texting both women, trying to pick them up. The other director eventually shut him down (he was married, she was not interested).

From there, a couple of them went to a karaoke bar and had more drinks without Bill. Still, the texts continued.

At the end of the night, the other man walked the assistant back to her hotel. Bill was there, already, waiting for her to return. According to these sources he was very aggressive and manic, asking to be let into her room. One witness describes it becoming an argument in the street.

In the following weeks and months Bill allegedly asked his coworker to not tell anybody what happened that night.

Why is this important enough to warrant a post on this blog?

At the very least, this is another story that shows a pattern of behavior by Bill Rausch against women, especially women he has some power over and gives context and reason for Maura wanting to run away.

But also, I strongly believe Maura was traveling with a tandem driver the night she went missing and possibly even made it to her destination - a cabin in the woods. If she did, everybody's alibi on February 9 is worthless.

Bill maintains his innocence. Through his lawyer today he claims there is no truth to any of these claims. Each of these women must be lying.

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