Fort Hood reports the most sexual assaults of any Army post

Michele Moreno
November 19, 2017

The Army post with the most reports of sexual assaults in fiscal 2016 was Fort Hood, Texas, with 199; the most in the Navy in fiscal 2016 was Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, with 270; and the most in the Marine Corps that year was 169 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The Department of Defense uses the term "sexual assault" to refer to adult sex crimes punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including rape, sexual assault, forcible sodomy, aggravated and abusive sexual contact and attempts to commit those offenses.

The Air Force runs its own task force set up to handle sexual assault complaints, the AF Sexual Assault Prevention and Response division.

"As a result, the number of reports listed for an installation doesn't necessarily mean that the alleged incident occurred there", Galbreath said in a press release. However, the reports are not referred for criminal investigation or to commanders.

Officials said the Army has worked to establish a professional victim response system to encourage increased reporting, provide top-notch medical and psychological care, and legal resources to ensure victims are protected.

Considerably fewer were filed in the Navy and Marine Corps who recorded 4,788 and 3,400 respectively.

Seymour Johnson had 14 total reports in 2013. The numbers had previously been reported without breakdowns for individual installations, the DOD said.

Lisae C. Jordan, executive director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, said the release of installation-specific data is a welcome improvement over the aggregate information the Pentagon typically releases. The Pentagon received 125 reports of sexual assaults in combat theaters in 2016, up from 118 in 2015.

The three-quarters jump in Maryland - from 78 reports across nine military facilities to 137 allegations previous year - outpaced the almost 21 percent increase across the entire military. There were 24 reports at the Naval Academy in 2016 and 20 at Andrews.

"We can not be afraid to talk about sexual harassment and assault", said Maj.

In 2016, data showed a decrease from 6.1 percent of active duty women in 2012 to 4.3 percent in 2016, and from 1.2 percent of active duty men in 2012 to 0.6 percent in 2016.

The new report also indicates that JBER's total number of sexual assault reports increased since 2015; however, reported numbers are not as high as the 2014 fiscal year. A report could involve allegations for an incident that occurred while on deployment, while away on leave, or even prior to entering the military.

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