DOD: 129 Sexual Assault Reports at Military Academies in 2020
WASHINGTON – –
The U.S. Department of Defense released data of its military service academies for 2019-2020 as part of its ongoing investigation into sexual harassment within the military.
Findings show that in 2020 academies received 129 sexual assault reports involving cadets or midshipmen as a victim or subject.
That number was down from the 149 seen in 2019.
The Department of Defense notes that the numbers may be underreported as ofttimes sexual abuse is not widely reported nationwide.
They also noted reports were lower towards the end of 2020 when more students were sent home and social distance was enforced to the pandemic.