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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Sexual assault in US military reaches record high

Number of sexual assaults in the military America After stabilizing for a while, it rose 13% in a year to hit a record low in 2021, according to the Pentagon’s annual report released on Thursday.

According to the Defense Department’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR), there were 8,866 sexual assaults and crimes reported last year, up from 7,816 in 2020.

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However, only a small proportion of sexual assaults have been reported. According to a comprehensive investigation conducted by SAPR, during the fiscal year ending March 2021, about 36,000 soldiers reportedly suffered unwanted sexual contact, ranging from touching to rape, compared to the previous year. represents an increase of 35%.

From these data, the office estimated a “prevalence rate” of sexual assaults – reported or not – at 8.4% for women and 1.5% for men in 2021.

“These numbers are sad and extremely disappointing,” said Beth Foster, director of the US Army Office of Welfare, which highlighted the highest prevalence rate ever among women.

Complaints in the military increased by 26%, compared to 19.2% in the US Navy and 2% in the Air Force and Marine Corps.

“This report demonstrates with terrifying accuracy that sexual assault and sexual harassment continue to be a persistent and devastating problem for our soldiers,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a message to the military high command.

President Joe Biden launched military justice reform in January to criminalize sexual assault in the military under military law.

Sexual assault, domestic violence and attempted assault against minors will now be court-martialed, and the decision to prosecute those responsible will be delegated to special prosecutors, not chains of command.

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