http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/top/2009/05/17-25/Academy-justice-was-tilted-toward-women.html Interesting series of articles on hot-button cases over the last few years. In the he-said-she-said situations, it's hard to sort out what really happened. There's a lot of political pressure from external groups to award immunity to women for misconduct offenses so they will speak out about sexual harassment and assaults. Drives me crazy when people of either sex are not held accountable. Also drives me crazy when people who do have a legitimate complaint are reluctant to come forward because of the people who claim assault/harassment as a way out of a situation where they are guilty of related misconduct. A murky pool, and a lively source of comment and criticism from alumni, the community and the services. For those parents of inbound women to any of the academies, please look at these cases as few and far between. Thousands of fine, upstanding men and women attend the academies who treat their shipmates as you have raised them to do, with courtesy and respect. The dozens of female midshipmen we have sponsored over the years have had good experiences, and form strong bonds which get them through the occasional bumps in the road. Sadly, there are some really stupid things that happen, often in the fog of alcohol, hormones and lack of impulse control. The same things that happen at Civ U get drawn into the spotlight because of press interest and the higher standard to which midshipmen and cadets are held. I have to say I was appalled at the one lawyer who advised Academy men to steer clear of the women, out of fear of getting into situations where they will come out the loser. What a way to polarize the work place! I use "work place" quite deliberately. Midshipmen have a job to do: obtain their college education while learning and exercising the military professional skills with peers and juniors to prepare them for a commission. The Fleet and Corps have men and women working side by side, as does the civilian work place, so "see and avoid" doesn't do much good. Common sense and a strong moral compass should help mids and cadets avoid those situations with potential to go bad. These were difficult stories to digest about the alleged clay feet of a favorite institution, which by and large does its best to execute its mission.