January 31, 2019

Gillibrand Statement On New Pentagon Report Revealing An Increase In Sexual Assault And Harassment At Military Academies

Survey Released by the Pentagon Today Shows Incidents of Unwanted Sexual Contact Spiked by Nearly 50 Percent During the Last School Year

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement on the new Pentagon report showing that sexual harassment and assault at the three military service academies has significantly increased, despite promises of zero tolerance from military leaders:  

“Despite years of promises from the Pentagon to eliminate sexual harassment and assault from the Service Academies, this new report shows that unwanted sexual contact has increased by a staggering 47% in the last two years. Despite this alarming number, most survivors still are not reporting assaults to the authorities – a clear sign that they do not feel confident in the military’s ability to adjudicate and prosecute these crimes without retaliation. Military leaders at all levels, including at our Service Academies, must take this problem seriously. The answer to this scourge can't be the same answer we get every year of give us more time, it's taking action. We must stand up for survivors and fight sexual assault in the military with everything that we have, which is why I continue to urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act.”