DOD releases sexual assault figures for Fort Drum, other military installations

Erika Holt
November 18, 2017

The number of sexual assaults reported at US military installations worldwide increased from 2013 to 2016, according to a new Defense Department (DOD) report released Friday.

At the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, the largest military base in OH and one of the largest air force bases in the country, there were 83 total sexual assault reports since 2013, including 30 in 2016.

Thousands of sexual assaults were reported at American military bases in each of the past four years, according to data released Thursday by the Pentagon. At least 62 of those reports came from the Army, one of the reports came from the Marine Corps and eight of the reports came from the Navy.

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. That number jumped up to 46 in 2014.

The Pentagon did not elaborate on the data but noted that the reports showed where a victim reported a sexual assault, not necessarily where the sexual assault occurred. It includes active duty service members, activated Reserve and National Guard members, civilian victims who allege a sexual assault by an active duty member and adult dependents of active duty members.

Dr. Nate Galbreath, deputy director of the Defense Department's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, said the number of reports listed for an installation "does not necessarily mean that the alleged incident occurred there".

DOD releases sexual assault figures for Fort Drum, other military installations
DOD releases sexual assault figures for Fort Drum, other military installations

San Diego is the second largest Navy complex following Norfolk, Virginia, which had the most sexual assault reports of any Navy base in 2016: 240.

The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., had the most reports of the Air Force, with 168, and in the Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, N.C., had the highest number of reports with 634.

DOD statistics released Friday said that the prevalence rates of sexual assault dropped 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.

In combat areas, 295 sexual assaults reported were in Afghanistan from fiscal 2013 to 2016, the highest number when compared to other countries.

The Pentagon estimates that just 32 percent of service members who experience a sexual assault go on to report the incident.

The reports are also categorized into restricted and unrestricted.

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