As Gopal Ratnam reports for Bloomberg Businessweek, sex assault cases in 2010-2011 doubled to 22 (as compared to 11 cases in 2009-2010) at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
“One assault is one too many,” says Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Sex crime allegations also went up at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado (though the number of sex assault incidents held steady at 10 at the U.S. Military Academy in New York).
This is an overall 58 percent increase, says the U.S. Defense Department.
In Maryland, as elsewhere, an allegation of sex crime against you can result in immediate and severe consequences, from a charge of rape to lifetime sex offender registration upon conviction, limiting job opportunities and where you can live and work.
As Ratnam reports, the Pentagon says that it could not “conclusively identify” why sex assault incidents were increasing year-over-year at these military academies; some speculate that it’s a matter of reporting.