Fort Hood leads with most sexual assaults reported in US Army posts

Fort Hood leads with most sexual assaults reported in US Army posts

Kerry Wise
November 19, 2017

"One of the features of the department's reporting program is that service members can report allegations of sexual assault at any time and at any place", said Dr. Nate Galbreath, deputy director DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

The report estimates that in 2016, roughly 32% of all sexual assaults that occurred in the military were reported, up from 25% a year earlier, and just 15% in 2014.

In addition to Naval Station Norfolk, the Navy's largest base, the Army's Fort Hood in Texas, Joint Base San Antonio in Texas, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, Naval Base San Diego, and the Marine Corps' Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and Camp Pendleton in California have regularly received the highest tally of sexual assault reports in recent years. Officials emphasized that not all of the alleged incidents occurred on military installations because victims "may report a sexual assault at a time and place of their choosing".

An unrestricted report is one of a sex-related allegation made by an individual against one or more individuals that is referred for investigation to a Military Criminal Investigative Organization (MCIO) or civilian law enforcement with jurisdiction.

Among combat areas, 295 sexual assaults were reported in Afghanistan, the highest among versus other countries, the Defense report said.

The Air Force and Navy were the only two that recorded an increase in reports.

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Seymour Johnson had 14 total reports in 2013.

These sexual assault allegations may come from persons age 16 or older who allege a sexual assault by someone unrelated to them.

The DOD has been encouraging service members to report sexual assaults since 2005. In 2016, there were 155 unrestricted reports and 44 restricted.

The three-quarters jump in Maryland - from 78 reports across nine military facilities to 137 allegations a year ago - outpaced the almost 21 percent increase across the entire military.

"First and foremost, we remain fully committed to reducing and ultimately ending sexual assault and sexual harassment from within our ranks", said a Ft.

In 2013, the Pentagon began allowing victims of sexual assault to seek legal help without notifying their command and police, which would be classified as restricted reports. For example, the rate for active duty women dropped from 6.1 percent in 2012 to 4.3 percent in 2016. The incident could have occurred "while on deployment, while away on leave, or even prior to entering the military", the Pentagon told ABC News.