AFA Sexual Assault Scandal Report

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A new report suggests the sexual assault scandal at the U-S Air Force Academy can be blamed, in part, on a confidentiality policy for alleged victims.

That's according to an article in The Gazette of Colorado Springs Tuesday. The newspaper cites unidentified sources familiar with an early version of an upcoming Defense Department report.

The report says that throughout the 1990s, Air Force and academy leaders relied on a confidential sexual assault reporting program. The report says that system circumvented policy and statutory requirements, and eventually interfered with criminal investigations.

Confidentiality for alleged victims has been a key point of contention since the scandal in 2003, when dozens of women say school officials punished them for minor offenses after they reported the assaults.

Defense Department spokeswoman Marine Lieutenant Colonel Rose-Ann Lynch says the Pentagon does not discuss its reports before publication.