The New York Times, the survey showed that 26,000 people in the U.S. armed forces had been sexually assaulted in 2012 compared to 19,000 reports in 2010.
New York, N.Y. (PRWEB) May 20, 2013
Sexual assaults in the military have increased by nearly 37 percent over the last two years, a new survey released by the Pentagon shows. According to a May 7 report in The New York Times, the survey showed that 26,000 people in the U.S. armed forces had been sexually assaulted in 2012 compared to 19,000 reports in 2010. This finding was based on a confidential survey sent out to 108,000 active-duty service members and was released two days after an officer in charge of the Air Force's sexual assault prevention programs was arrested and charged with sexual battery, the article states.
President Barack Obama called for changes in the armed forces and has asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to address this problem, the Times reports. According to a news release issued by the Department of Defense, the military recorded 3,374 sexual assault reports last year, up from 3,192 in 2011, which suggests that many victims continue to not report the crimes for fear of retaliation. These statistics come at a time when the Pentagon is preparing to put women in combat, the Times reports.
It is unacceptable that these types of crimes are being committed in the armed forces, said New York personal injury lawyer, Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Regardless of whether the victims are men or women, the trauma of a sexual assault is both physical and emotional. It is essential that the government takes every possible step to ensure that the men and women who serve our country so courageously are guaranteed their safety and dignity."
This is the time for the military to better examine its policies regarding sex offenses and offenders in the military, Wilhelm said. "Anyone who is found guilty of a sexual assault should be discharged from service. Victims should have the assurance that they will not face retaliation for reporting these egregious crimes. It is also important for victims to understand that they have legal rights and that the perpetrators of these crimes can be held criminally and civilly liable."
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