Sexual assaults down, but West Point not satisfiedPosted: Updated:
Sexual assaults are dropping at the United States Military Academy at West Point, but administrators say a new Pentagon report shows the school has a long way to go.
According to a 2006 survey conducted by the Pentagon, 10.5 percent of female cadets have experienced unwanted sexual contact. The survey also found 5.2 percent were the victims of rape or attempted rape. That statistic is slightly lower than 2005 and significantly lower than reported rapes at non-military New York colleges, where experts say up to 25 percent of female students were raped. Officials attribute alcohol and drug use to that high rate.
Academy spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Kent Cassella says the Pentagon's report indicates areas where the school has made significant progress and areas where there's room for improvement. However, Cassella adds the only acceptable number of sexual assaults is zero.