Sexual Assault Reports by Cadets, Midshipmen at Military Academies Surge by 32%

WASHINGTON – Reports of sexual assault by cadets and midshipmen at the nation’s military academies jumped 32% during the past school year, reflecting increases in those crimes and a greater willingness to report them, according to a Pentagon report obtained by USA TODAY.

There were 122 reports of sexual assault during the 2018-19 school year, compared to 92 in 2017-18.

“We are encouraged that more cadets and midshipmen made reports of sexual assault this year,” said Nate Galbreath, acting director of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program. “Our program empowers those who experience sexual assault to connect with restorative care.”

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