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Increase in Military Sexual Assaults

Increase in Military Sexual Assaults

The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year to more than 5,000 cases. But defense officials say the gain may be because victims are more willing to come forward. A series of high-profile assaults and arrests this year put a spotlight on the crimes and prompted Congress to pass legislation changing the military justice system. Meanwhile, military leaders have launched a series of programs intended to beef up accountability and encourage victims to come forward.

 

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