Reports of Sexual Assault in Military Jumps by 50%
The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50% this year.
WASHINGTON - The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50% this year.
Defense officials suggest that victims are becoming more willing to come forward. Early data obtained by The Associated Press show there were more than 5,000 reports of sexual assaults filed in 2013, compared to fewer than 3,400 in 2012.
The increase follows a tumultuous year of scandals that shined a spotlight on the crimes and put pressure on the military to act aggressively.
Military leaders have launched several new programs to increase accountability and encourage victims to come forward.