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Sexual Assault, Harassment Up Nearly 50 Percent At Military Academies

Incidents of sexual assault at U.S. military academies spiked nearly 50 percent during the last school year despite years of focus on the issue and declarations of zero-tolerance, according to results of a survey conducted by the Pentagon.

The number of students reporting unwanted sexual contact totaled 747 during the 2017-18 academic year compared with 507 in 2015-16, according to anonymous surveys of cadets and midshipmen. Unwanted sexual contact ranges from groping to rape.

About 16 percent of women and 2 percent of men at the military’s premier military colleges reported being sexually assaulted, Galbreath said. The increase in assaults stems from more men and women at the Army’s academy at West Point reporting unwanted sexual contact from men and women, more women reporting at the Air Force academy in Colorado Springs, while reporting remained stable at the Naval Academy at Annapolis.