Despite the continued extensive efforts of the American military command to abolish the sexual assaults and harassment at military academies, the number of cases of sexual assaults has increased 50 %. This was revealed by a Pentagon report released yesterday. This report shows that sexual violence and assaults is on the rise in the military academies.
The American military academies trained 12,900 cadets of army, air force and navy every year as future officers to lead the strongest army in the world. The cadets get the chance to fill in an anonymous survey about unwanted sexual contact, assaults and advancements. The number of sexual assaults at America´s military academies rose by almost 50 percent over the past year.
According to the figures from 2018, 747 people reported some sort of sexual assault — up from 507 in 2016, an increase of more than 47 percent. “We find these results to be frustrating, disheartening and unacceptable,” said Elise Van Winkle, who heads a Pentagon personnel and readiness department. The biggest increase was noted at the Army´s West Point Academy in New York, where 16.5 percent of women reported some sort of sexual assault, up from 10.2 percent previously.
In a statement, the Army´s senior leaders said the report was “troubling and disappointing.” “This is not just about the Army staff and faculty at West Point — we also expect more from the cadets, who are our Army´s future leaders,” the statement read.
Increases in the past have been chalked up to a greater awareness of sexual assaults and therefore a better reporting of cases, but this year the Pentagon said the problem has deeper underlying drivers that still need addressing. “The trends are a reflection of the pervasiveness of this misconduct and the difficulty in sustaining a culture change over time,” Van Winkle said.
Nate Galbreath, deputy director of the Pentagon´s sexual assault prevention office, said cadets often are unwilling to come forward because they are worried about how other students will perceive them.
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17 July, 2019