The increase of sex crimes at military academies is “a leadership issue, first and foremost.”

That was the flat statement of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta regarding a 28 Dec 11 report that showed that the incidence of sex crimes at the service academies had increased by more than 50 percent in one year.

I really didn’t want to write another post about sex in the military (depending on who you ask, there’s too much or there’s not enough–who is just happy?)–or about sex crimes.  But the data is just….there.

“The study found that there had been 65 reports of sexual assaults at the academies between 2010 and 2011, compared to 41 the previous year. It did not specify whether the number of reported incidents was indicative of a wider unreported problem, as is often the case with sexual assaults.”

Again, no one can really offer an explanation for this crime wave.  It’s not caused by stress in a war zone, because the students at the academies haven’t even been in a war zone yet.  As for anticipating being in a war zone–what they can anticipate is that the war is winding down.

Have we gone totally wrong somehow in our society?  Or is there some other explanation?

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