Drop in reports of sexual assaults at military academies

Drop in reports of sexual assaults at military academies

The number of reported sexual assaults involving students at three military service academies went down in the most recent school year, capping a year that saw the military continue to struggle with high-profile cases among leaders and in the schools. A new Pentagon report finds that there were 61 reported sexual assaults at the academies […]

Military sexual assaults up another eight percent

Military sexual assaults up another eight percent

The number of sexual assaults reported by military service members rose again this year, with an increase of 8 percent, officials told The Associated Press. Details set for release Thursday and a new anonymous survey suggests victims are becoming far more willing to file complaints than in years past, they said. The officials said there […]

Sexual assault reports up by 50 percent in military

'We have to fight the cultural stigmas that discourage reporting'

Sexual assault reports up by 50 percent in military

Reports by members of the military of sexual assaults jumped by an unprecedented 50 percent last year, in what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declared a “clear threat” to both male and female service members’ lives and well-being. The latest numbers reflected an aggressive campaign by the Pentagon to persuade victims to come forward, but Hagel […]

Sexual assaults in military bring only light punishments

Even when a crime had been committed, the suspect was unlikely to serve time.

Sexual assaults in military bring only light punishments

At U.S. military bases in Japan, most service members found culpable in sex crimes in recent years did not go to prison, according to internal Department of Defense documents. Instead, in a review of hundreds of cases filed in America’s largest overseas military installation, offenders were fined, demoted, restricted to their bases or removed from […]

Obama targets epidemic of college sexual assaults

Nearly 22 million American women and 1.6 million men have been raped in their lifetimes.

Obama targets epidemic of college sexual assaults

President Barack Obama is launching an initiative to combat sexual assault, particularly on college campuses, turning the spotlight on a problem that has devastated millions of Americans yet rarely receives such White House attention. Obama planned to sign a presidential memorandum Wednesday creating a task force to protect students from sexual assault, with a new […]

Most military sexual assaults not reported

Most military sexual assaults not reported

They are young, often low-ranking service members out on the weekend in the late night and early morning hours. Sometimes they’ve been drinking. Often those who sexually assault them are in the armed forces, too. But in the vast majority of military sexual assault cases — as many as 22,000 in 2012 — the victim […]