DOD: Sex assaults reported to NC military bases jump

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Before 2013-14, they said, 15 percent or fewer military victims reported a sexual assault to a military authority, but that rate had more than doubled to 32 percent by 2015-16.

In fiscal year 2016, there were a total of 199 reports at Fort Hood, making it the Army base with the largest number of reports.

The Pentagon report showed smaller increases at Colorado Air Force bases.

"As a result, the number of reports listed for an installation doesn't necessarily mean that the alleged incident occurred there", Galbreath said in a press release.

In an annual report published by the DoD in May, an estimated 14,900 members of the United States military were sexually assaulted in 2016.

The report, released Friday, covers the years 2013 to 2016.

In 2005, the Department of Defense put a policy in place to encourage service members to report sexual assaults.




Titled Reports of Sexual Assault Received at Military Installations and Combat Areas of Interest, the document tallies adult sexual assaults (not including domestic abuse) at Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force bases around the world, as well as in areas of conflict where US service people are deployed.

At any point in time, a DoD victim may choose to change their filed restricted report to an unrestricted report.

There's also a recorded increase at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Brown said some cases are decades old but any reporting victim has access to counseling and medical attention while the report is investigated.

The report, by the Defence Department's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, details allegations by service branch for the fiscal years 2013-2016, with the Army - the largest branch of the military - reporting 8,294 cases in all.

For fiscal year 2016, 270 such cases occurred at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, while a total of 211 occurred at a combined group of US facilities in South Korea, the data show.

In fiscal year 2015, the post had 164 unrestricted reports and 31 restricted reports for a total of 195. The incident could have occurred "while on deployment, while away on leave, or even prior to entering the military", the Pentagon said. "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". The Army base in Anne Arundel County, the state's largest workplace, saw reports rise from 24 in 2013 to 47 a year ago - an increase of 95 percent.

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