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Dec 15, 2010 2:17 PM by Greg Boyce

Sex assaults up at military academies

DENVER (AP) - The Defense Department says reported sexual assaults at the three military academies rose 64 percent in the 2009-10 academic year compared with the previous year.

Officials said Wednesday the increase could reflect that more students are reporting assaults, rather than a jump in the number of assaults themselves.
The Pentagon says 41 sexual assaults involving students at West Point, the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy were reported to authorities in 2009-10. In the previous academic year, 25 were reported.

The Pentagon estimates fewer than 10 percent of sexual assaults at the academies are reported. The statistics are in the 2009-10 Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies. It's issued every other year.

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