Pentagon issues data on sexual assault reports at its bases

Posted November 20, 2017

Friday the Department of Defense released information about the number of sexual assault reports made at installations around the world.

But campaign groups say the problem with sexual assault reporting and preventing in the military is far from solved.

The Department of Defense released data that showed the number of non-domestic sexual assault reports managed or received by Sexual Assault Response Coordinators.

The report broke down sexual assault allegations by service and installations over four years, and found that the greatest number of reports were made in the Army - the largest of the US military services. "This kind of flexibility allows the department to better meet the department's goals to increase reporting of sexual assault and decrease the occurrence of the crime through prevention".

It uses the term "sexual assault" to refer to a range of adult sex-related crimes punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

According to the DOD's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office: this option is recommended for victims of sexual assault who desire an official investigation and command notification in addition to healthcare, victim advocacy and legal services.

Protect Our Defenders, an independent organization set up to tackle injustices across the Armed Forces, cites other materials which say as many as 14,000 sexual assaults took place in 2016 but that only 20 percent were reported.

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Sexual assault in the workplace. That number jumps up to 59 in 2015 and 44 in 2016.

The Air Force and Navy were the only two that recorded an increase in reports.

Army members reported 8,294 instances of sexual assault, followed by the Navy, which reported 4,788 cases, the Air Force with 3,876, and the Marine Corps with 3,400.

In 2005, the DoD enacted a policy to encourage more service members to report sexual assault, despite when or where the incident originally occurred.

A restricted report is one made confidentially by a victim who may be seeking "advocacy, support services, medical care, and mental health counseling" and is not referred to criminal investigation, SAPRO said.

- Civilian victims alleging a sexual assault by an active duty military member.

The overall numbers released Friday reflect previous reports by SAPRO. The incident could have occurred "while on deployment, while away on leave, or even prior to entering the military", the Pentagon told ABC News.