Many people believe that sexual assaults in the military remains a highly problematical issue. In this site, this sexual assault issue has been featured a number of times, including the March 12, 2013 post titled “Sexual Assaults In The Military.”
Recently there have been newly updated statistics released regarding sexual assaults and other unwanted sexual contact in the military. The new statistics are discussed in a number of media sources, including the December 3, 2014 Washington Post article titled “Number of U.S. troops filing reports of sexual assaults rises 8% in past year” as well as the December 3 USA Today article titled “Reports of unwanted sexual contact in military drop 27%.”
An excerpt from the Washington Post article:
The number of military service members who reported that they had been sexually assaulted rose by 8 percent over the past year, according to a new Defense Department report that is sure to add fuel to a debate in Congress over whether the military is effectively prosecuting sex crimes.
Despite the climb, the Pentagon cited progress on a number of fronts in its report, an annual assessment of its efforts to prevent sexual assault.
For instance, on the basis of an anonymous biannual survey of service members, the military estimated that 19,000 troops were victims of “unwanted sexual contact,” a definition that includes a wide variety of offenses. That figure was down sharply from an estimated 26,000 two years ago, but back at roughly the same level that was reported in 2010.
The recently released statistics also indicate that the number of troops reporting sexual assaults has increased, which is being interpreted by some as an increase in the reporting of (alleged) sexual assaults, as opposed to an increase in the number of (alleged) sexual assaults.
Additional details can be seen in the Washington Post and USA Today articles mentioned above, as well as other sources.