Army Report: Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Allegations on Rise

Harassment and sexual-misconduct allegations against senior U.S. Army leaders are on the rise, and more cases in 2016 were substantiated than in the previous year, according to a report by the Army’s inspector general seen Thursday by the AP. The most frequent charge brought against senior officers on active duty, senior executive service, the National Guard, and the reserves in the past budget year was reprisal, with nearly 50 allegations as of Sept. 30. It remains unclear whether there is a growing problem, or greater willingness to come forward with claims against senior Army leaders. “These types of cases have a significant negative impact on the Army and its image,” said the report. “Please be careful to ensure that your behavior does not create any perception of an improper relationship, as even a perception can adversely impact the environment of your organization.”