Pentagon releases sexual assault data by base, adds caution

Saul Bowman
November 20, 2017

United States troops have made nearly 26,000 reports of sexual assault over the last four years, with the highest number of complaints being filed from the Air Force.

The Department of Defense report details non-domestic abuse sexual assault allegations received and managed by Sexual Assault Response Coordinators at bases around the world.

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The Department of Defense defines sexual assaults as adult sex-related crimes punishable under its Uniform Code of Military Justice.

In the report released on Friday, the Pentagon estimated that for the 2016 fiscal year, 32 percent of service members who experience sexual assault now report it, up from 25 percent in fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

"Service members can report allegations of sexual assault at any time and at any place". Campbell spokesman in a statement.

Sexual assault in the military has been the focus of some lawmakers in recent years. That number grew to 100 in 2014, 114 in 2015 and then 146 in 2016. During this time period, the Army transitioned from the Sexual Assault Prevention Response Program to the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Program, which changed reporting options to include restricted and unrestricted reports, placed embedded trained Victim Advocates and Sexual Assault Response Coordinators within unit footprints, increased accessibility of services to victims, implemented training and education regarding Sexual Assault and Harassment definitions and reporting processes.

The majority (8,600) were carried out against women but men were the victims in more than 6,000 incidents, they said.

The Air Force and Navy were the only two that recorded an increase in reports. On May 1 of this year, Navy Rear Adm. Ann M. Burkhardt, Galbreath's boss, unveiled the Pentagon's Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military for fiscal 2016.

A restricted report is not referred for criminal investigation or to commanders and allows the service member who made it to seek confidential support, medical care and counseling.

The document, however, notes that the alleged assault may not necessarily have occurred where the report was made.

Regarding joint military installations, Joint Base San Antonio in Texas - comprising Army, Navy and Air Force operations - numbered 881 sexual assault reports, the highest in the period.

He said "A report could involve allegations for an incident that occurred while on deployment, while away on leave, or even prior to entering the military".

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