Pentagon releases data on sex assault reports made at military installations

Posted November 20, 2017

Fort Hood had the most sexual assaults of any Army post over from 2013 to 2016, and the second most of any USA military installation in the world, according to a report the Pentagon released Friday.

The Army post with the most reports of sexual assaults in fiscal 2016 was Fort Hood, Texas, with 199; the most in the Navy in fiscal 2016 was Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, with 270; and the most in the Marine Corps that year was 169 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Reports of sexual assault at Fort Bragg increased by 28 percent in 2016 over the year before, according to a summary released by the Department of Defense Friday.

The Pentagon cautioned that the numbers do not necessarily indicate the reported sexual assaults occurred at those facilities nor do they indicate a crime was actually committed.

The Pentagon also reported Friday that prevalence rates of sexual assault in the military have continued to decline. Previously, during the 2014 fiscal year, SAPRO estimated that only 14 percent of military victims were reporting.

"Sexual assault is fratricide in our formations, plain and simple". That number grew to 100 in 2014, 114 in 2015 and then 146 in 2016.

More news: Wales coach Chris Coleman agrees to take Sunderland job
More news: Owning A Dog Makes You Live Longer, Says Science
More news: Toll in Iran-Iraq natural disaster rises to 530

The Army had the highest number of cases at 8,284 in the four years, according to the report.

"Whether it is through victim assistants keeping constant contact, intensive unit training that includes what happens after a report, or by leader focused training that takes into account signs of retaliation and vulnerability, we must dedicate ourselves to providing an environment that encourages victims to report and supports them through the process", Piatt said.

"We were very, very concerned about victim privacy", Nate Galbreath, the deputy director of the Department of Defense's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, told Scene's sister paper the Riverfront Times.

"As a result, the number of reports listed for an installation doesn't necessarily mean that the alleged incident occurred there", Galbreath said in a press release. For example, the rate for active duty women dropped from 6.1 percent in 2012 to 4.3 percent in 2016. To report restricted allows the victim to seek medical services and advocacy with confidentiality. The incident could have occurred "while on deployment, while away on leave, or even prior to entering the military", the Pentagon said.

Reports of sexual assault went down, slightly, in combat areas, joint bases-where there are multiple branches serving at one base-the Marine Corps, and the Army.