Readout of SECNAV, CNO Jan. 7 Visit to U.S. Naval Academy

Story Number: NNS130107-14Release Date: 1/7/2013 4:14:00 PM
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From Navy Office of Information

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy Chief of Information Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following statement:

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert visited the United States Naval Academy this morning to address the Brigade of Midshipmen regarding the issue of sexual harassment and assault, as well as the findings from the 2012 Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the United States Military Service Academies.

Both leaders expressed their deep disappointment, indeed anger, over continued incidents of sexual harassment and assault at the Naval Academy. They focused heavily on the need not only to eliminate these offenses, but also to build and maintain a climate of trust throughout the chain of command.

Mabus told the Brigade they cannot lead if they look the other way when one of their own is attacked, and urged them to do what is right and not what is easy when it comes to reporting offenses and promoting an environment of trust.

Greenert, for his part, echoed the need for trust in the Fleet and challenged every midshipman to have the courage to step forward and not tolerate sexual assault or harassment.

In December, Naval Academy Superintendent, Vice Adm. Mike Miller announced initiatives to improve the training, accountability and reporting of sexual assault and harassment. Today's event was part of the announced "Sexual Assault 'Stampout' Stand-down."

1/8/2013 9:15:00 PM
Women in Bancroft is the problem. The age of the Midshipmen is where both male and female start exploring and their presence in Bancroth hall is the too close for all concerned. The males are guilty for the most part, but I'll wager the females bear some degree of fault. The idiot who put them in the same halls is the guilty person. I say this without knowledge of where these assualt happen inside/outside Bancroft.

1/8/2013 4:39:00 PM
Senior Officers at Midshipmen and Cadre level should walk the talk. New midshipmen are afraid to be rats and Senior Classmen and Cadre don't want to make waves. This has gone on to long and is worse than the cheating that took place at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Changing covers for females is not going to change this. The mothers of these credents never taught them morals. The leaders of the Academy must do it now.

1/7/2013 8:24:00 PM
This is good my daughter advocates this one but she got in trouble.

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