The rate at which female midshipmen at the Naval Academy say they experienced unwanted sexual contact almost doubled in the past two years, the Defense Department reported Wednesday.
More than 14 percent of female midshipmen reported such contact, which ranges from unwanted touching to rape, in a survey conducted every two years. That's up from about 8 percent from the last survey, but down slightly from older survey results.
The new figure is several percentage points higher than the rates at the United States Military Academy and the Air Force Academy.
The rate for male midshipmen also increased, from 1.3 percent to 2.1 percent.
Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the Naval...