Buried in a report on sexual assault in PACAF, is this line.
Rank wasn’t used to intimidate lower-ranking women, as upper-class cadets did at the academy. Only one victim was punished for fraternizing, an infraction that coincided with an attack, and “rightfully so,” Begert said. Many female cadets have contended they were punished for rules violations after reporting they had been assaulted.
Here’s the problem: at the Academy, a majority of the female victims were participating in rules infractions. That’s why they were punished, just like the single fraternization incident was in PACAF. Again, the system worked, it was hurt by the fact that others were also breaking the rules to get into those situations.