Reports of sexual assaults in military service academies increased by more than 50 percent in the 2014 to 2015 school year compared with the previous year, according to a Pentagon report released Friday.
The report indicates the increase might be because of growing confidence among students that the assault allegations will be taken seriously.
“Given the department’s goal to increase reporting of sexual assault, DoD is encouraged by the increased number of reports received by the MSAs,” the report says, using an abbreviation for military service academy. “However, the academies must continue their efforts to prevent sexual assault.”
In the 2014-15 school year, there were 91 reports of sexual assault. That’s compared to 59 the previous year.
Eight of the 91 assaults took place before the person entered military service, according to the report.
“The department views such reports as an indicator of confidence in the sexual assault response system and the support services available to cadets and midshipmen,” the report reads.
The largest year-over-year increase came from the Air Force Academy, which had 49 reports in 2014-15 compared with 25 the previous year.