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Reports of sexual assault at Naval Academy increase

Reports of sexual assault at Naval Academy increase

There was a slight increase in reports of sexual assault at the Naval Academy last year, the Defense Department said in a new report Friday.

In the 2014-2015 academic year, 25 reports of sexual assault were filed, compared with 23 the year before. There were also 13 reports of sexual harassment — the highest number at any of the nation's three service academies.

Despite the figures, Naval Academy spokesman Cmdr. John Schofield said the report's findings were mostly encouraging.

"An increase in reporting indicates that we are successfully cultivating a climate where victims feel safe reporting assaults, one of the most under-reported crimes in America," he...

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