Military Reports Of Sex Assaults Rose in 2008

Associated Press
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

More people came forward to report sexual assaults in the military last year, but a significant percentage would not give crucial details needed for an investigation, the Pentagon said yesterday.

The Pentagon said it received 2,923 reports of sexual assault across the military in the 12 months that ended Sept. 30. That is about a 9 percent increase over the totals reported the year before but only a small fraction of the crimes presumably being committed. Only a small number of the cases went to military courts, officials said.

The Pentagon office that collects the data estimates that 10 percent to 20 percent of sexual assaults among members of the active duty military are reported, a figure similar to estimates of reported cases among civilians.

The military statistics, required by Congress, cover rape and other assaults across the approximately 1.4 million people in uniform.

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