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Sex Assaults Rise at US Military Academies

According to a Pentagon report issued Tuesday, the number of sexual assaults reported at the country’s military academies rose sharply for the second year in a row

A total of 65 sexual assault cases were reported at the three academies in 2010-11 compared to 41 reports in the previous academic year, the report said.

Ironically, the rise comes after efforts by the academies for the Army, Navy and Air Force to prevent sexual assaults and to raise awareness of the problem.

he Pentagon said it was unclear why the number of reported sexual assaults rose and that it was possible that due to recent initiatives, more victims were coming forward to notify authorities.

“The Department does not have the ability to conclusively identify the reasons for this increase in reporting behavior,” said the report.

The report also announced a new policy that will allow a cadet who files a report of sexual assault to be transferred promptly.


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