May 7th, 2013
07:03 PM ET

Survey indicates troubling trend in military sexual assaults

By Steve Almasy and Ashley Fantz

The number of service members anonymously reporting a sexual assault grew by more than 30% in the past two years, according to a Pentagon report released Tuesday.

The Defense Department estimated that more than 26,000 troops experienced an episode of "unwanted sexual contact," a huge jump from the 19,300 figure in the 2010 report.

"Sexual assault is a despicable crime and one of the most serious challenges facing this department," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at a briefing on the survey. "It's a threat to the safety and the welfare of our people and to the health, reputation and trust of this institution."

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  1. Portland tony

    Although the public sees the military as just another profession, it certainly is not. One has to have certain personality traits to be willing to kill indiscriminately, endure unspeakable hardships, and at times live on the edge. most who possess these traits are good war fighters, but some have trouble in the PC required off the battlefield. This has been true since Attila the Hun pillaged his enemies!

    May 8, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
  2. George Patton-2

    Why should this be such a surprise to anyone? People who have no compunctions against killing others shouldn't be expected to control their physical urges either. This country needs a moral revision which has declined under all these right-wing fanatics!!!

    May 8, 2013 at 8:01 am | Reply
  3. BigShiz

    The digital age gots the younger generation confused. The lack of human contact has affected them in a negative way.

    May 7, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply

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