ANNAPOLIS, MD – The truth may be on trial in the military again.
This time the U.S. Naval Academy is the site of the latest allegations of sexual assault.
The charges involve three former football players and a female midshipman.
The Navy says the men assaulted her at a party in April 2012 while she was passed out drunk. Two of the men are still in the academy.
But this is not the usual case of conflicting statements. In fact, everyone agrees they all had sex together; it’s just that she doesn’t remember any of it. She learned about it the next day from one of them. Then she started seeing posts about it on social-media, thanks to students who were there at the time.
The woman said President Obama’s commencement speech to the Naval Academy in may helped convinced her to file charges, “Those who commit sexual assault are not only committing a crime, they threaten the trust and discipline that makes our military strong. That’s why we have to be determined to stop these crimes.”
The Pentagon says about 3,300 cases of unwanted sexual assault were reported last year, but it estimates the actual number may have been closer to 26,000.
And that raises the question from the defense of whether their clients are guilty or part of the military’s move to clean up its act.