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Air Force Academy Investigation

By: AP
By: AP

An investigation by the Department of Defense's inspector general criticizes the leadership of the Air Force Academy for not addressing its sexual assault problems.

The full report wasn't released. But a summary blames eight unidentified Air Force officials for their roles in the program that oversaw sexual-assault reporting at the academy.

Inspector General Joseph Schmitz says the root cause of the sexual assault problems at the Academy was "the failure of successive chains of command over the past ten years to acknowledge the severity of the problem."

The review also finds that the leadership failed to initiate and monitor adequate measures to change the culture until recently.

Schmitz was charged with investigating how leaders at the Air Force and the academy responded to female cadets' allegations that they were raped or sexually assaulted at the school.

Nearly 150 women came forward last year to say they had been assaulted by fellow cadets between 1993 and 2003.


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