Professor of Gender and War. University of Sydney

Air-force Academy takes steps to raise awareness of sexual assault

Summary: Air Force Academy has instigated campaigns to raise awareness and educate cadets about sexual misconduct in light of the recent White House report that 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted in college, including military service academies. Superintendent of the AFA, Lt. Gen Michelle Johnson suggests that 20% of reported sexual misconduct relates to rape, 20% relate to events prior to joining the academy and the 60% majority of reports are for sexual harassment and “unwanted touching.” The AFA is attempting to raise cadets awareness about what constitutes sexual misconduct, and also to discourage “social media badmouthing.”

SOURCE: Debbie Kelley, 2015, ‘AFA Superintendent wants to talk about ‘uncomfortable’ topic,’, 7 April,

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