Chuck Hagel Calls Sexual Assault a 'Scourge' on the Military

Made the comment while addressing West Point graduates


(Reuters)—Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called sexual assault a "scourge" on Saturday as he addressed graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where a sergeant stands accused of videotaping female cadets in the showers.

"Sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military are a profound betrayal—a profound betrayal—of sacred oaths and sacred trusts," Hagel said. "This scourge must be stamped out."