NPR – In military academies, 1 in 5 female students said they experienced sexual assault
NPR – March 12, 2023
By Juliana Kim
According to the survey, 60 percent of cases of unwanted sexual contact involved excessive drinking by either the victim, the alleged offender or both.
But the Defense Department also noted that, while service academies have seen progress in reducing excessive alcohol use among students, those efforts did not impact the rate of unwanted sexual contact. Likewise, advocates say it is not the fundamental issue.
“I see alcohol and maybe the permissive policies on alcohol as a symptom of the problem, but not necessarily the crux of the problem,” said Josh Connolly, the vice chair of Protect Our Defenders, a group focused on ending sexual violence in the military.
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