Merchant Marine Academy alumni report questions abuse risk

AP News
Posted: Dec 09, 2016 10:43 AM

KINGS POINT, N.Y. (AP) — A U.S. Merchant Marine Academy alumni task force is calling for reinstatement of a cadet training program.

An interim report from the task force questions administration findings of alleged sex abuse and harassment in the academy's Sea Year program. The task force said it found no evidence of a "heightened risk" of abuse for those working on commercial vessels.

Cadets spend one of their four years at the New York academy working at sea.

Earlier this year, academy leadership halted placing cadets on commercial vessels amid concerns of alleged abuse. Training continues on federally owned vessels, but critics say that is a weak substitute.

The academy administration is conducting its own review of the issue. It did not immediately respond to the task force report.