Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DoD sex offenses report leaked

DoD's long-awaited report on sexual offenses, due to be released, has been leaked, as this CNN story indicates. Reports of offenses are up; assaults are down. Still, it's a very mixed bag. Excerpts:
Fewer members of the military are being sexually assaulted and more victims are coming forward, the Pentagon said in a long-awaited report obtained by CNN on Wednesday.
But 4.3 percent of the United States' active-duty women still say they were the victims of unwanted sexual contact in the last year, and most still aren't reporting those assaults. Some of those who did report their assaults faced retaliation, according to the Pentagon's findings.
In the 136-page report due to be publicly released Thursday, the Pentagon said more victims are reporting sexual assaults. In 2012, just 1-in-10 victims reported those assaults, and by 2014, 1-in-4 did. The report pointed to a 50 percent increase in the number of victims who reported the assaults from 2012 to 2013, and another 8 percent leap in 2014.
Watch the news tomorrow as proponents and opponents of legislation to transfer the charging power from commanders to lawyers respond to the report. 

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