Friday, March 23, 2007

Raping GI Jane

The number of sexual assaults in the military increased 24% last year. The single nugget of good news in this story is that more than twice as many offenders were punished this year over last. But even that isn't much to brag about -

2,400 sexual assault reports filed in 2005
3,000 filed last year.

The Pentagon argues that the increase in numbers is due "in part to the vigorous effort to encourage victims to report the crime." The report provides a breakdown of some of the assaults:

756 of the victims were members of the military. Of those, 285 were Army soldiers, 247 were in the Air Force, 144 were in the Navy, 48 were Marines and one was in the Coast Guard.

The DOD's sexual assault awareness website is here.


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