Sexual Assaults Rise Nearly 50 Percent at Service Academies.

By Patricia Kime

Incidents of sexual assault are up nearly 50 percent at the nation’s military academies, and reporting rates remain stagnant — troubling trends that Defense Department officials say the schools are addressing but must work harder to change.

According to a congressionally mandated survey conducted every two years at the schools, 747 students reported experiencing unwanted sexual contact during the 2017-2018 academic year, compared with 507 in the 2015-16 school year.

That included 273 cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; 254 midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; and 221 cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. DoD officials said the numbers total 748 due to rounding.

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