Survey Says: The Citadel’s got a sexual assault problem.

Right on the heels of the AP report about military recruiters preying on female recruits comes the results of a survey at The Citdel revealing that 20% of its female cadets at The Citadel and 4% of its male cadets have been sexually assaulted.

The sexual assaults in the survey included unwanted touching, but 16 of the 27 incidents reported by women and 15 of the 23 reported by men involved unwanted sexual penetration or oral sex.

Most of the reported incidents involving women happened in the barracks or elsewhere on campus, and the perpetrator was another cadet, according to the survey. Some of the cadets reported being subjected to more than one sexual assault.
Credit The Citadel’s president, Rtd. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Rosa for explaining that his reason for releasing the information is “simple: In order for us to address these issues, we must discuss them openly.”

Maybe now the Pentagon will reconsider its decision to reject a proposal to establish an office to assist victims of sexual assault in the military?

Probably not.

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