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West Point sets aside day to confront sexual harassment

Associated Press

WEST POINT, N.Y. — West Point has suspended classes for a day so cadets can address sexual assault and harassment after a survey found an increasing number of incidents at the academy.

U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams ordered a full-day “stand-down” at the academy on Monday.

The order comes weeks after a Pentagon survey reported assaults at West Point increased from 43 in 2016 to 48 last year. Sexual harassment against men and women also increased at the academy over the two years.

Williams says the results were “unacceptable.”

The day is to include an address by Williams to cadets, faculty and staff, facilitated discussions about behavior and culture at West Point and talks about possible solutions.

West Point also is reviewing the access to alcohol at the academy.

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