Better Oversight Of Sexual Harassment Needed At Academies

By: Associated Press/ KKTV
By: Associated Press/ KKTV

A government report released Tuesday found that the Defense Department has "only minimally" addressed congressional interest in how well sexual assault prevention programs are working at the nation's military academies.

The report cites shortcomings in analyzing data.

The General Accountability Office report says the department has "not been conducting a comprehensive and integrated analysis of academy data or programs before forwarding academy reports to Congress."

The report examined programs at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

Although the academies keep track of sexual harassment and assault data, the report cited a 2006 survey that indicated cases may be underreported, "suggesting that the academies may not have full visibility over the magnitude of sexual harassment and assault incidents involving academy students."

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