Hagel: Cadets Must Stamp out Sex Assault Scourge.

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WEST POINT, N.Y. — Defense SecretaryChuck Hagel told cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Saturday that they must stamp out the scourge of sexual assault in the military.

Speaking a day after President Barack Obama delivered a similar edict to U.S. Naval Academy graduates, Hagel’s message comes amid a series of widespread incidents of sexual misconduct across the armed services in recent months and a new report showing that the problem is growing. The challenge is particularly poignant for the West Point crowd, since earlier in the week an Army sergeant was charged with secretly photographing and videotaping at least a dozen women at the upper New York State academy, including in a bathroom.

“Sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military are a profound betrayal of sacred oaths and sacred trusts,” Hagel said in prepared remarks for his first graduation address…

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