Military Academies Struggle with Sexual Assault

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A culture of bad behavior and disrespect among athletes at military academies is one part of the continuing problem of sexual assault at the schools.

That’s according to a new Defense Department report in the wake of scandals that rocked teams at all three academies last year.

Defense officials say the culture permeates the academies beyond just the locker room, where students feel they need to put up with sexist and offensive behavior as part of their school life.

The report was obtained by The Associated Press. It identifies sports and club teams as an area where the military should expand training for coaches and faculty.

Overall, reported sexual assaults at the academies went down, from 80 to 70, during the school year that ended in May.

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