PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Cecil Haney says sexual assault is not only a crime that hurts the victim but it damages the Navy as a whole.
Haney spoke in an interview Thursday as the Navy puts all sailors through training for sexual assault awareness month.
Haney says sex assault can make sailors doubt their ship and leaders, and this hurts their unit, their mission and the service.
The Pacific Fleet had 145 cases of reported cases of sexual assault last fiscal year and 80 so far this fiscal year which ends in September. The trend is similar for the Navy as a whole.
But the military estimates 86 percent of cases go unreported.
Haney says the Navy needs to create a culture in which victims are willing to come forward.