19 May 2009

Equal gender treatment? Not so much so at the U.S. Naval Academy

During 2003 through 2007, when Vice Adm. Rodney Rempt was Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, there was apparently a double standard in how midshipmen sex cases were dealt with - - tilting in favor of women, reports The Capital here. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the newspaper give evidence of the unprecedented use of immunity in exchange for testimony. Male midshipmen were dismissed from the Academy for offenses such as being drunk or having consensual sex in Bancroft Hall -- the largest single dormitory in the world with 1,700 rooms for midshipmen -- whilst female midshipmen who broke identical rules were permitted to remain at the Academy and pursue their Naval careers.

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