Naval Academy sexual harassment is up, but mids almost never report it – CapitalGazette.com

It was more than three years ago former Vice President Joe Biden stopped at the Naval Academy and urged midshipmen to combat sexual violence in their ranks.

“Sexual violence is the only equal opportunity employer,” Biden said. “It occurs in the wealthiest communities and the poorest communities. It occurs on campuses with the highest SAT scores as well as the lowest SAT scores. It occurs in campuses where you do not wear a uniform and where a uniform is worn.”

That previous year, 44 percent of women and 9 percent of men reported feeling sexually harassed at the Naval Academy. This year, almost 60 percent of women and 20 percent of men attending the Naval Academy said they experienced sexual harassment, according to an annual Defense Department report on misconduct at the service academies.

Both rates are up from 2016, the last time the Defense Department surveyed midshipmen. Fifty-six percent of female midshipmen experienced sexual harassment, up from 51 percent in 2016. Seventeen percent of male midshipmen experienced sexual harassment, up from 12 percent in 2016.