AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. The superintendent of the Air Force Academy said Wednesday she has told athletic coaches to take a bigger role in preventing sexual assaults, pulling them into the years-long campaign at the school to stem abuse.
Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, who took charge of the school a year ago, said coaches had not been fully involved in what she called the broader conversation about school standards.
She said she has spoken with them twice about her expectations and told them to talk to athletes about sexual assault.
“I was frank about the need for them to help the institution enforce our standards,” she said in an interview. “I was frank about what happens, the complexity of sexual assault prevention.”
Congress and the Pentagon are closely monitoring sexual assaults at the Air Force, Army and Navy academies. A Department of Defense report in January said a culture of disrespect permeates the schools and contributes to sexual harassment and assaults.