ERIC Number: ED480473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep-22
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Panel To Review Sexual Misconduct Allegations at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Department of Defense, Washington, DC.
This report is the result of the first investigation by an independent body of a problem that has plagued the U.S. Air Force Academy for at least a decade, and possibly since the admission of women in 1976. At the direction of Congress, the Secretary of Defense appointed seven U.S. citizens with expertise in the military academies, behavioral and psychological sciences, and standards and practices related to proper treatment of sexual assault victims. It is clear from the review of nearly a decade of efforts to solve the problem of sexual assault at the U.S. Air Force Academy that the common failure in each of the efforts was the absence of sustained attention to the problem and follow-up on the effectiveness of the solution. Between 1993 and 2002, there were 142 allegations of sexual assault at the Academy, an average of more than 14 allegations each year. In addition, a survey in May 2003 showed that 80.8% of females who said that they had been victims of sexual assault did not report the incident. Information from a variety of sources shows that the responses of Academy and Air Force leadership have been inconsistent and have lacked a long-term plan to address the institutional culture that does not condemn sexual harassment or assault sufficiently. Another recent indicator of the problem is that one in five male cadets responding to a survey did not believe that women belong at the Academy. A new leadership team that took office in April 2003 has begun implementing changes in the Academy's institutional culture, military training, living environment, and sexual assault reporting processes. Sections of the report are: (1) "Executive Summary"; (2) "Introduction"; (3) "Awareness and Accountability"; (4) "Command Supervision and Oversight of the Academy"; (5) "Organizational Culture and Character Development"; (6) "Intervention and Response to Sexual Assault"; (7) "Recommendations"; (8) "Conclusion"; and (9) "Appendixes." The report contains 10 appendixes with supplemental information, including survey responses. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Military Schools, Military Training, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Abuse
For full text: http://www.usafa.af.mil/d20030922usafareport1.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Defense, Washington, DC.