Pentagon: Reports of sexual assaults up 46 percent

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Women in military

(WRDW-TV)

Thursday, Nov. 7 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says reports of sexual assaults in the military increased by an unprecedented 46 percent last year.

Officials said Thursday there were 3,553 assault complaints in the first three quarters of the fiscal year from October 2012 through June. That's up from 2,434 reports the year before.

It's not possible to know whether the spike represents an increase in sexual assaults, an increase in reporting them, or both.

Defense Department officials say it's a sign people are more confident about coming forward, now that improvements are being made to the military's system for handling assaults.

The year's partial figures were released at a hearing by an independent panel reviewing how military sexual assaults are investigated and prosecuted.

(The Associated Press. 2013.)


WRDW.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 231020831 - wrdw.com/a?a=231020831