Saturday, May 2, 2015

2014 sexual assault and reprisal data released by Defense Department

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Sig Christenson of the San Antonio Express-News has this report on the Pentagon's release of the latest Rand Military Workplace Survey data on sexual assault in the armed forces. It's a mixed bag: assaults are down but so is the conviction rate:
“If you look at their own numbers, there’s about a 5 percent chance that when you report that you had actually been assaulted, that your offender will be convicted and a 50 to 60 percent chance you’ll be retaliated against,” said retired Air Force Col. Don Christensen, president of the advocacy group Protect Our Defenders. 
“Contrary to mission accomplished, we are right back on 2010 levels for sexual assault,” [Sen. Kirsten] Gillibrand said. “This is a system where 19,000 men and women a year — an average of 52 new cases every day — face sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact.”

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