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Military Sexual Assaults Up 8 Percent Following Spike in Reporting

By    |   Thursday, 04 Dec 2014 01:05 PM

Sexual assaults and rapes reported in the military rose by 8 percent at the end of fiscal year 2014, with nearly 6,000 service members saying they'd been victimized, The Associated Press reported.

The increase followed a 50-percent jump in the reporting of rapes and sexual assaults, the news organization noted. The 2014 numbers were reported in advance of the official Department of Defense release on Thursday afternoon.

The accounting method changed this year. Now, each victim gets a report, as opposed to years past where reports were filed by incident. Using the current method, there were 3,604 victims in 2012, 5,518 in 2013, and 5,983 in 2014.

"Pending the report's public release tomorrow, assuming news accounts are correct, reporting of assaults being up and incidents being down are exactly the combination we're looking for," Sen. Claire McCaskill told the AP in a Wednesday email.

An anonymous survey conducted by the Rand Corp. found that 19,000 service members said they had been a victim of unwanted sexual contact in 2014, the AP reported, noting that only about 1 in every 4 victims comes forward and files a report.

Critics of the way the military has handled sexual assaults have pushed for the prosecution to be taken out of the military chain of command. In a 2012 survey, according to USA Today, 62 percent of the women who reported a sexual assault — which included anything from groping to rape — said co-workers and peers retaliated against them after they reported the incidents.

"For a year now we have heard how the reforms in the previous defense bill were going to protect victims, and make retaliation a crime," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said in a statement Wednesday.

"And let me be clear, an estimate of 20,000 cases of sexual assault and unwanted sexual contact a year in our military, or 55 cases a day, is appalling, and remains at 2010 levels. There is no other mission in the world for our military where this much failure would be allowed. Enough is enough, last December the President said he would give the military and previous reforms a year to work and it is clear they have failed in their mission."

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Sexual assaults and rapes reported in the military rose by 8 percent at the end of fiscal year 2014, with nearly 6,000 service members saying they'd been victimized, The Associated Press reported.
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