Sexual Assault Numbers Increase at CO Air Force Academy

In 2003, the Air Force Academy outside Colorado Springs, Colorado faced an investigation after a Colorado sexual assault case that led to the Academy changing its policies and keeping much closer tabs on information related to sexual harassment and assault. After several years of relatively stable numbers of reports, the number of sexual harassment and assault reports at the Academy has suddenly jumped and administrators at the Air Force Academy aren’t sure why.

The Air Force Academy recorded 10 sexual assault cases in the 2005-2006 school year, when it first began keeping track. The numbers dipped to eight in 2008-2009, then rose to 30 in 2010-2011.

The Academy’s administration, however, is not sure whether the increase in numbers actually reflects an increase in sexual assaults on the campus, or is merely evidence that more cadets are willing to report potentially dangerous or questionable incidents when they happen. Nearly 3,200 sexual assaults were recorded military-wide in the same time period, according to the U.S. Department of Defense, but record keepers suspect that number is unnaturally low because not everyone involved in a potential sexual assault in the military reports the incident to authorities.

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