Reported Sexual Assaults In US Military Service Branches Up 13%

High percentage increases in cases in the Army, Navy drove up numbers

  • Another major factors contributing to increase was bases curtailing pandemic restrictions and public venues reopened, according to yet-to-be-released military report.
  • Nearly 36,000 service members said in confidential survey that they had experienced unwanted sexual contact, compared to roughly 20,000 who said that in a similar 2018 survey, U.S. defense and military officials said.
  • New numbers  expected to draw the attention of Congress, whose members have been critical of the Pentagon’s efforts to reduce sexual crimes and misconduct.
  • Officials said a nearly 26% increase in reported cases involving Army soldiers led the overall increases.
  • The increase in Navy reports was about 9%, followed by the Air Force at roughly 2% and the Marine Corps at less than 2%, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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