jumped 47 percent. Students at the nation s military academies reported nearly a 50 percent increase in unwanted sexual contact during the last academic year. Incidents of sexual assault and other unwanted sexual contact at the three military service academies have spiked nearly 50 percent since. Sexual assault, harassment up nearly 50 percent at military academies Sexual, assaults Rise Nearly 50, percent At Military Service Despite Prevention Programs, Sexual, assaults Rise At Military Academies. Unwanted sexual contact during the past year, a nearly 50 percent. Pentagon officials are concerned that despite significant prevention efforts, a new, anonymous survey indicates a nearly 50 percent spike in the. Survey respondents expressed confidence that senior leaders at the academies were making efforts to reduce issue of sexual assault, but expressed low confidence of that among their "near peers" or classmates. Too many feel they can't come forward for support.". "This year's report shows we have more work to do, to ensure our future leaders foster climates that are conducive to good order and discipline said Rear Admiral Ann. The 747 anonymous reports of sexual assaults generated only 92 formal complaints, Galbreath said, a rate of about 12 percent that has not changed. "The answer to this scourge can't be the same answer we get every year of give us more time Gillibrand said. The factors driving the increase in assaults and harassment are not immediately clear from the data, Galbreath said. It is difficult to make comparisons of the military's annual reports with sexual assault rates at civilian colleges and universities because there is no comparable report. Elizabeth Van Winkle, executive director of the Defense Department's Office of Force Resiliency. The movement began in 2006 and gained momentum in 2017 amid allegations of sexual assault against high-profile men in entertainment, news media and politics. . A total of 747 students said they received unwanted sexual contact, up from 507 just two years earlier. But what really grabbed attention was a separate, anonymous survey the Pentagon has been conducting every two years at the academies. "Holding senior leaders responsible will send a clear message that not only can the academies do better, but they must do better.". "There have been decades of the academies downplaying sexual assault. She said that, instead, the trends appear to be a reflection of the pervasiveness of this conduct and the difficulty in sustaining a culture change over time. She proposed removing commanders' authority to prosecute those cases and have career lawyers make the decisions. "Clearly, there's a cultural problem at the academies said Don Christensen, the former top prosecutor for the Air Force and president of Protect Our Defenders, a group that advocates for victims of sexual assault in the military. An anonymous Pentagon survey found that 747 students at the Navy, Army and Air Force academies experienced unwanted sexual contact during the past year, a nearly 50 percent increase from a similar survey taken two years earlier.