Sexual assault reports up 33% at military academies

The U.S. Military Academy's honor code is spelled out at the Thayer Walk Honor Plaza in West Point, N.Y.  STARS AND STRIPES
The U.S. Military Academy's honor code is spelled out at the Thayer Walk Honor Plaza in West Point, N.Y. STARS AND STRIPES

Sexual assault reports up 33% at military academies

by Caitlin M. Kenney
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — Reports of sexual assaults at military academies were up 33% last year, reinforcing a disturbing trend at the elite institutions for the past few years.

The annual Department of Defense report, released Thursday, said the schools received 149 reports of sexual assault during the 2018-2019 academic year, up from 117 reports last year.

The rate of reporting at the academies has doubled since 2008 to 12%, according to the report. That is still much lower than the rate for active-duty personnel, which is 30%.

The Pentagon report includes a baseline assessment of the academies’ prevention efforts, the number of reported cases of sexual assault and feedback from focus groups.

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