Mike Coffman

Midshipmen and cadets testify before Congressional panel about sexual assault and retaliation

Midshipmen and cadets testify before Congressional panel about sexual assault and retaliation

Women who reported being sexually assaulted or harassed at the nation's elite military academies testified before a Congressional panel Tuesday about having to live and work in close quarters with their attackers and the threat of retaliation they face.

Three of the women either decided to leave the academies or were forced out after coming forward. Only the fourth, a current midshipman at the Naval Academy, said the reporting and investigation process worked in her case.

Midshipman Sheila Craine, a junior at the Annapolis school, said she was overwhelmed by the support she received after reporting an assault that happened in her first spring at the academy. Craine said the...

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