United States military reports 20348 sexual assaults in 4 years

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The military post, Fort Hood in Killeen is the U.S. Army post with the most sexual assault reports and the second most of any military installation around the world according to a report released by the Department of Defense.

In the fiscal years 2015 and 2016, the number of people who reported sexual assault was largely the same.

The new report also indicates that JBER's total number of sexual assault reports increased since 2015; however, reported numbers are not as high as the 2014 fiscal year.

Outside the U.S., the American bases in South Korea had a logged a total of 211 reports of sexual assault.

In 2013, the Pentagon began allowing victims of sexual assault to seek legal help without notifying their command and police, which would be classified as restricted reports. Previously, during the 2014 fiscal year, SAPRO estimated that only 14 percent of military victims were reporting.

At Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the Marines' other large base, 169 sexual assaults were reported.

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"Sexual assault is fratricide in our formations, plain and simple". There were 24 reports at the Naval Academy in 2016 and 20 at Andrews. The numbers reflect just a fraction of all instances of sexual assault in the military, because they include only those cases that were reported.

The report, released Friday, covers the years 2013 to 2016.

In a report listing the bases for each service, DoD's Sexual Assault and Prevention Office (SAPRO) said that Army installations received a total of 8,284 allegations of sexual assault from fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2016; the Navy, 4,788; the Marine Corps, 3,400; and the Air Force, 3,876.

Sexual assaults can be made by active duty service members, adult dependents of service members and civilians who allege they have been assaulted by service members.

"One of the features of the department's reporting program is that service members can report allegations of sexual assault at any time and at any place", Nate Galbreath, deputy director of the SAPRO, said. The database doesn't show what types of sexual assault were alleged or whether the victims were male or female, and the department notes that incidents reported didn't necessarily happen on the base. The incident could have occurred "while on deployment, while away on leave, or even prior to entering the military", the Pentagon said. And while reporting on JBER's Army side has decreased in the past year, reporting on the Air Force side has increased.

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