Hagel: Cadets must stamp out sex assault scourge

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By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is telling West Point cadets that sexual assault in the military must be stamped out.

Hagel's message comes a day after President Barack Obama delivered a similar edict to U.S. Naval Academy graduates, amid a series of widespread incidents of sexual misconduct across the military in recent months and a new report showing that the problem is growing.

Hagel tells graduates at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point that they must be the generation of leaders who will stop the debilitating threats of suicide, sexual assault and drug and alcohol abuse that are hurting the all-volunteer force.

He says that as they face an uncertain future, they must also be ready to fight unpredictable wars with fewer people and less money.

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