Sexual Assault Reports Up in the Military but Fraction of Real Number | News
A new report shows the number sexual assaults involving members of the military was up in 2012 compared with the year before.
The annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military shows 3,374 sexual assault were reported in 2012. That is compared with 3,192 reported in 2011. The reports include everything from abusive sexual contact to rape.
While the reported assaults were up, the Department of Defense estimates that they are actually a fraction of the real number. The department said as many as 26,000 service members were assaulted in 2012, based on anonymous surveys.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined a series of actions to prevent and respond to sexual assault in the armed forces, including holding commanders accountable for creating a climate where victims are properly taken care of, reducing the stigma for victims and better training and education programs for trainers and recruits.
The report comes just days after the arrest on sexual battery of the Air Force officer tasked with heading up the branch's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)