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Opinion: Navy Needs to Act on Sexual Assault Problem

Opinion: Navy Needs to Act on Sexual Assault Problem

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert conducts a press conference in which he explained parts of the Navy's new sexual assault policies on July 19, 2013. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert conducts a press conference in which he explained parts of the Navy’s new sexual assault policies on July 19, 2013. US Navy Photo

Sexual assault and sexual harassment are significantly degrading our Navy’s operational readiness. More than 10,000 men and women reported they have been victims of unwanted sexual contact — from groping to rape — in the past 12 months.

The problem is not getting better; our best evidence shows sexual assault and sexual harassment rates rising. Yet the action we are taking is not bold enough to right the ship. To rid ourselves of this cancer within, we must aggressively and starkly confront the Navy culture that accepts this behavior. Read More