Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases

Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases

Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases

On "CBS This Morning" Thursday, Gillibrand said 59 percent of service members who reported sexual assault a year ago also reported experiencing retaliation for doing so.

Overall, the 2016 sexual assault report figures from Army, Navy and Marines bases were down marginally from 2015's reports. "But no definitive statement can be made about an increase in reporting at any given installation". Marine bases came in at 825 total reports, versus 837 reports.

According to the Department of Defense, sexual assaults include rape, forcible sodomy, abusive sexual contact and attempts to commit those crimes.

A new Department of Defense report divided up sexual assault reports by individual military installations for the first time.

The Pentagon for the first time on November 17 made public the number of sexual assault reports taken at each of its installations from 2013 through 2016. According to the latest survey, 14,900 service members experienced some kind of sexual assault in 2016, down from 20,300 in 2014. "As a result, the number of reports listed for an installation doesn't necessarily mean that the alleged incident occurred there". 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. It is also possible for a report to be filed on base, even if the assault occurred in the civilian sector or prior to the person's entering military service.

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

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The numbers appeared in a first-ever base-by-base analysis of non-domestic-abuse sexual assault allegations.

At Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the Marines' other large base, 169 sexual assaults were reported. The Pentagon received 125 reports of sexual assaults in combat theaters in 2016, up from 118 in 2015. Joint Base San Antonio received the second highest number of reports in 2016 with 211, an increase from 198 in fiscal year 2015.

Among Maryland installations, Fort Meade saw the biggest increase.

Florida's Naval Air Station Pensacola experienced nearly an 18 per cent decrease in reports, down from 45 reports in 2015 to 37 reports.

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 USA facilities in South Korea, the data show.

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