Under Pressure on Dual Fronts, Military Academies Grapple With Sexual Assault


Brandon Thibodeaux for The Chronicle

Anne Kendzior, a former midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, says she was sexually assaulted by three classmates there. She later sued military officials, alleging that they permitted a culture in which victims of sexual assault “are accused of having ‘asked for it’ when they seek justice.” Her lawsuit was dismissed. 

Military-service academies seem to sit between worlds. Technically they’re military installations. But they have many characteristics of a college campus: classes, sports, residential students. And as advocates and lawmakers call for both the military and higher education to change the way they respond to sexual assault, the academies are grappling with the problem in both contexts.

Cadets and midshipmen are subject to the Uniform Code of Military