House Dem wants West Point leaders fired after rise in sexual assaults

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“Despite statements coming out of the Pentagon, the reality and their own reports show that this problem is getting worse, not better,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said in a news release.

“An increase of nearly 60 [percent] in reported sexual assaults at the academies is shocking, and the fact that West Point isn’t even complying with the modest DOD policies to prevent sexual assault and rape is deeply troubling,” Speier added.

The Pentagon report found West Point is in partial compliance with policies to train cadets in a way intended to prevent sexual assaults and harassment, according to media reports.

“If DOD is serious about their ‘zero tolerance’ policy, leadership at West Point should be relieved of their posts and the under-performing academies should be put on notice immediately,” Speier said. “That is what I am calling for.”

Numerous internal Pentagon reports show there are “fundamental flaws in the procedures and policies that dictate how sexual assaults are handled,” she added. 

The California lawmaker last month introduced a bill that would strip all reporting, oversight, investigation and care for victims from the military’s chain of command. The legislation would shift it to a new office composed of “civilian and military experts,” according to Speier’s office.