An anonymous survey reviewed by
The Associated Press has uncovered that
sexual assault and
sexual misconduct reports increased at both the Navy and Army Academies in 2016, compared
to a similar report from 2015. The survey’s results suggest an uphill
climb for several new programs that were instituted at Academies in recent
years to stem sexual assault incidents. The
Marines United online illicit photo scandal is also fresh on peoples’ minds while considering the survey results.
The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and the United States
Military Academy at West Point, New York both saw sexual assault report
increases, according to the survey. On the contrary, the United States
Air Force Academy in Colorado saw a significant drop, reporting 32 incidents
in 2016, down from 49 the previous year. However, the overall number of
reported cases across all three Academies was 86 in 2016, down from 91
in 2015, indicated that some of the anti-assault programs are effective.
Roughly 12% of female Academy members claimed to have experienced some
form of sexual misconduct. The survey, as well as this large percentage,
suggest that sexual assault incidents are increasing, and so are Academy
members’ willingness to report them. A secondary survey also concluded
that many students chose not to report sexual misconduct incidents due
to either not finding it a serious enough offense, or relying on simpler
means of resolving the issue, such as avoidance or confrontation; about
33% of males who claimed to have been sexually assaulted chose to confront
the perpetrator directly.
Resolving the issue and minimizing sexual assault incidents in the future
appears to be a duty that will fall upon all Academy students, regardless
of the programs implemented. Officials are looking towards student leaders
to discourage and prevent sexual assault among their peers. To this end,
it is much like a senior officer guiding a newer recruit.
(For more information about the survey results, the
Military Times published an online article, which can be viewed by
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