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USNA midshipmen charged with sex assault, according to official statement

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Three midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy are facing charges Wednesday of sexual misconduct and making false statements in connection with the sexual assault of a third-year midshipman who says she was passed out when the men allegedly assaulted her.

The three midshipmen facing charges, who weren't identified, were charged with violating two articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, according to a statement by USNA Public Affairs Officer John Schofield.

Also, according to the statement, "the charges are based upon an investigation conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service."

The victim earlier told WJZ that the suspects publicized the alleged sexual misconduct on social media. She has been "shunned and harassed" at the academy since coming forward, but she's not letting that stop her.

A letter written by Sen. Barbara Mikulski to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was made public on Wednesday. In it Mikulski said she is "deeply troubled by the lackluster response from the superintendents to increasing rates of sexual assault within their academies."

She hopes for more accountability when it comes to responding to reports of sexual assault.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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