U.S. military reports 20348 sexual assaults in 4 years

U.S. military reports 20348 sexual assaults in 4 years

The number of reported sexual assaults on Kentucky's Fort Campbell almost doubled between 2013 and 2016, according to a new Department of Defense report.

The Pentagon disclosed data on Friday that revealed the number of sexual assault cases broken down by each military base. Those allegations had previously been reported only in aggregate totals.

The allegations of sexual assault were recorded at the locations where they were reported, which is not necessarily where they occurred. In the most recent year, it showed, sexual assault reports totaled 6,172, an 11-percent increase over 2013. "This kind of flexibility allows the department to better meet the department's goals to increase reporting of sexual assault and decrease the occurrence of the crime through prevention". Campbell spokesman in a statement.

The agency's report detailed sexual assault reports by military branch and installations. In fiscal 2016, the DoD estimates that about 32 percent of service members who experienced a sexual assault reported the incident.

"Whether it is through victim assistants keeping constant contact, intensive unit training that includes what happens after a report, or by leader focused training that takes into account signs of retaliation and vulnerability, we must dedicate ourselves to providing an environment that encourages victims to report and supports them through the process", Piatt said.

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In the Air Force, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., saw the most reports, with 168. Brown said some cases are decades old but any reporting victim has access to counseling and medical attention while the report is investigated.

"We were very, very concerned about victim privacy", Nate Galbreath, the deputy director of the Department of Defense's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, told Scene's sister paper the Riverfront Times.

Of the numbers listed - the data indicates every year more service members are choosing to do what's called "un-restricted reporting". That means the numbers could reflect an incident that occurred while on deployment, while away on leave or even prior to entering the military.

- Civilian victims alleging a sexual assault by an active duty military member.

It found that between 2013 and 2016, 8,896 complaints of sexual assault were made in the Air Force and nearly as many, 8,294, were made in the Army, the largest branch of the Armed Forces.

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