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40 Sexual Assaults Reported at Military Academies Last Year

Dec 19, 2007

A new study from the Department of Defense finds fewer reports of sexual assault at the nation’s three military academies last year than in the years immediately before it. The new report finds that there were 40 reports of sexual assault last year, including seven reports of rape at both the Army and Air Force academies.

Half the victims of sexual assault took advantage of a new confidential reporting option that provides medical, mental health care and other services without involving the criminal justice system, while half participated in the military justice process.

The study evaluates the sexual harassment and violence programs at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs from June 1, 2006 to May 31, 2007. “All three Military Service Academies have made great progress in establishing robust and effective prevention and response programs for both sexual assault and sexual harassment,” it says.

It recommends that victims of sexual assault be connected to legal resources quickly; sexual assault prevention and response programs increase training, communication and collaboration with each other and with the off-base criminal justice system; and jurisdictional problems with civilian authorities be resolved by updating cooperation agreements with local community resource providers.

Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the U.S. Military Service Academies: Academic Program Year 2006-2007 is available at www.sapr.mil/contents/news/CurrentNewsletter/Academy%20Report%2012-7-07.pdf.

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