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Sexual assaults in US military academies rise sharply: Pentagon

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

01st Feb, 2020. 08:27 pm
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Sexual assaults in US military

United States Department of Defense stated that despite efforts to combat the problem, incidence of sexual assault in United States military academies rose sharply last year.

According to the details, there were 149 sexual assaults officially reported to authorities at three military academies during the 2018-2019 school year, the Pentagon said in a report.

Students prepare for futures as military officers in academies but they were subjected to sexual assault, compared to 117 during the previous school year, marking an increase of more than 25 percent.

This year’s count only covered sexual assault cases reported to authorities, which the Pentagon says makes it difficult to determine if the rise in cases is due to better reporting or if sexual assaults did indeed occur more frequently than the year before.

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Every two years, the nearly 13,000 students at the three schools — the army’s US Military Academy at West Point, New York, the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado — are also able to fill out anonymous questionnaires about sexual assaults that were not reported to authorities, including cases of sexual harassment or unwanted sexual contact.

A former chief prosecutor in the United States Air Force, retired Colonel Don Christensen said  “the Pentagon has repeatedly failed to address the sexual assault crisis gripping its ranks and, as a result, the problem continues to grow.”

“This report is a reflection of what we already know,” he added.

He further said “year after year, military leadership has lauded a focus on prevention despite zero evidence that preventative measures are working. In fact, the opposite is true.”

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