The outgoing Air Force Academy superintendent apologized this week for failing to prevent a sexual-abuse scandal he said had “tarnished” the school. “We, as an institution, have fallen short,” Lt. Gen. John Dallager said. Nearly five dozen current and former cadet women have come forward to report having been sexually assaulted in recent years by male cadets. Some of the women said academy officers refused to investigate rape allegations, and instead punished victims for minor infractions such as drinking or having sex. Air Force officials are reassigning Dallager and three other top officers. The new leadership will enact policy changes, including “blanket amnesty” for victims, to encourage women who are sexually attacked to come forward.
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