Pentagon: Prevalence of Sexual Assaults in Military Drops

The prevalence of sexual assaults in the military decreased by about 25 percent to 19,000 in 2014, when compared to 26,000 in 2012, according to a Pentagon statement.

During the same period, victim reports increased by an estimated 66 percent to 5,983 in 2014, from 3,604 in 2012. The Pentagon views the increase in reporting as a “positive trend” because sexual assault victims tend to keep quiet.

In 2014, an estimated 4.3 percent of active duty women and 0.9 percent of active duty men experienced unwanted sexual contact, ranging from groping to rape, according to recent surveys included in a Department of Defense (DoD) report released on December 4.

Meanwhile, Pentagon officials, in announcing the release of the report, noted that retaliation for women who report sexual assault is still a problem.

“Compared to 2012, the DoD wide survey we are releasing today shows that the prevalence of sexual assaults in the military over the past year has decreased by about 25 percent,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a Pentagon press briefing on the report, which was sent to President Obama.