Military Harassment

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Military Harassment


The Pentagon must address a culture that has led to high levels of sexual assault and harassment.

Pentagon officials have long declared their determination to eradicate the military's notorious culture of sexual violence. To judge from data made public in the last couple of months, they have a long way to go.

Sexual assaults at the three military academies are at a record high, according to a December Defense Department report -- 80 reported assaults for the 2011-12 academic year, up from 65 the year before and the third straight year that the number has risen. The report also found that 51 percent of academy women and 10 percent of men who answered a survey in the spring said they had been sexually harassed during the previous year. Twelve percent of women and 2 percent of men reported experiencing "unwanted sexual contact."

Meanwhile, an unpublished report by the Veterans Affairs Department shines a troubling light on the experience of veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq. Amy Street, a clinical psychologist with the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the V. …

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