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Women in Military Cite Retaliation After Assault Complaints
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times

New York Times, May 1, 2015
Posted: May 11th, 2015

Nearly two-thirds of women in the military who filed sexual assault complaints last year said they faced retaliation, according to a Pentagon report released on Friday. The study found that the number of sexual assaults in the military declined last year, echoing the conclusion of a Defense Department report released in December. Even as sexual assaults were reported to have declined, the Pentagon said that more service members filed assault complaints, and that about a third of attacks were now being reported. Despite our efforts to date, the fight against sexual assault is far from over, [Defense Secretary Ashton B.] Carter wrote in a memo that was released with the new study. I am concerned that far too many of those who report the crime perceive some kind of retaliation. Using the standard of unwanted sexual contact, the Pentagon estimated that just under 19,000 service members were assaulted last year, a drop of about 27 percent from 2012. The number of attacks actually reported last year was 6,131, an 11 percent increase over the previous year and a 70 percent jump over 2012.

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