Sexism Is Routine In Military Academies, Says Pentagon

Pentagon report says students feel they have to tolerate sexist and offensive behavior

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Students at U.S. military academies often feel they have to tolerate sexist and offensive behavior, a new Pentagon report due to be published on Friday has found.

The report looks at sexual assaults at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., reports the AP.

While it found that the overall reported cases of sexual assaults at the academies had gone down in the last school year—from 80 to 70—it identified sports and club teams as problem areas.

There have been incidences both at West Point and at the Air Force of documents or emails circulating that were derogatory to women. The Naval academy’s football team has been under scrutiny for allegations of sexual assault by three team members involving a female student. Charges against one individual have been dropped.

Defense officials said on Thursday that students at the academies see sexual assault and crude behavior as an almost accepted part of their academy experience. Victims also feel peer pressure not to report incidents. Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., the superintended at West Point, told AP that training needed to encourage cadets to find the moral courage to stand up to such behavior.

[AP]

12 comments
HateToSayItbut
HateToSayItbut

Next up: "Bulimia is Routine Inside Modelling Academies!"


now to be filed under the new "DUH!" category.

dellflorida
dellflorida

Maybe a couple commanders of military academies w should be fired...until a clear way to report sexual harassment is set up...

BennDover
BennDover

if you don't like it then don't join.  It's the military, it's been like this since we formed this country, and we've won every war with them.  The american people would much rather it stay this way rather than be weakened by political correctness like everything else in this once great, number 1 in everything in the world, country.

Docmitch
Docmitch

@BennDover I wanted to respond to Benn. Everyone seems to have done that very nicely!!

TheDers
TheDers

@BennDover you need to realize that something MAJOR needs to happen in the military. sexual harassment is absolutely terrible. but when we have more of our American kids killing themselves, then being harmed out on the battlefield. it is clear to me that there is a culture in the military that needs to go.

lordofthefly
lordofthefly

@BennDover 

Hmmm ... are you including those wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

What about those in Vietnam and Korea?

I don't recall our winning anything - especially in the two most recent ones.

VoxyBrown
VoxyBrown

@BennDoverWe lost Vietnam. How do you know that absent sexual harassment in our military, we wouldn't have won? That assumption makes exactly as much sense as your implication that our military is effective in part because of female cadets being harassed.


And also, I'm curious: Where exactly are you getting the idea that Americans would rather this harassment take place than not?

Affording 52% of our population the dignity they deserve isn't overbearing "political correctness".

It's just not behaving like a prick.

jpcali
jpcali

@BennDover says, "It's the military".  How little you know Benn.   These academies are responsible for producing the military's officers and gentlemen not cutthroats and perverts.

dellflorida
dellflorida

@BennDover I assume in the 1950's the same was said to blacks-if you don't like the set up don't join....

Benn, ould you like some gay officer pinching your ass daily, and no way to get it to stop. And if you report the harassment,you get thrown out?  Wake up!


micbedn
micbedn

@BennDover The last three out of four wars the US did not win.  And since when did we appoint you to speak for the American people likes and disllikes.


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