Service Academy 2006 Gender Relations Survey is scheduled to be released to Congress shortly.
This survey was administered in April 2006 by the Defense Manpower Data Center to 100% of the women and 30% of the men at West Point, with similar percentages at the Naval and Air Force academies. The primary emphasis was to assess the incidence of sexual assault and harassment and related issues at the three service academies.
Apparently, West Point had the highest levels of crude/offensive behavior
(84% vs. 78 and 81 for USNA and USAFA respectively);
unwanted sexual attention (51% vs. 39 and 40); and sexist behavior (89% vs. 86 and 79).
The good news is that rates have generally declined and the overall assessment validates improvements in the sexual assault education and training program.
Ever seen the polls on TV..."margin of error + or - 3% I have to wonder what the margin of error on this survey was. The numbers for all the academies seem high, but relatively in line with each other. (For better or worse)
In my cadet and Army career, I only met a very small,insignificant population of men, who could not accept women in positions of authority - no matter how proficient and professional the woman.
(They would have had problems with a woman in the work place no matter what the situation.)
Although the numbers are startling, let's also remember that these men and women are coming from environments where sexual harrassment has most likely never been discussed. The education that the academies put forth on this issue is remarkable in comparison with our civilian counterparts. I've been in the civilian sector for more than a decade and I am still amazed at what I see and hear in the workplace. Although the Army is not perfect, I never heard or encounter the types of things I hear and encounter in the civilian arena...from both men and women.
Clearly all academies have a long way to go, but I am confident that all will continue to make remarkable strides.
I didn't personally see the study, but did it take into account the number of us who were raped while we were cadets? Seems like that's a bit more than the 3 categories mentioned here: "crude/offensive behavior," "unwanted sexural attention," or "sexist behavior." Comments?
There were actually 6 categories: sexist behavior, crude/offensive behavior, unwanted sexual attention, sexual harassment, sexual coercion and unwanted sexual attention. I didn't take the survey, but I have to wonder how well defined these categories were.
Here's the link to it http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:xzCJQP-qwcsJ:www.sapr.mil/contents/references/Service%2520Academy%25202006%2520Gender%2520Relations%2520Report.pdf+service+academy+gender+relation+study&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us