Military Sexual Assault Rises

    HOHENFELS, GERMANY - MARCH 19:  U.S. soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade based in Vicenza, Italy, conduct a patrol through a mock Afghan village during a training exercise at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center only weeks before the 173rd will deploy to Afghanistan on March 19, 2012 near Hohenfels, Germany. Though the Pentagon plans to possibly pull out two U.S. Army infantry brigades based in Germany in an effort to reduce costs, the U.S. military’s strong presence in Germany will likely continue, both due to the U.S. roll in NATO as well as the support the German bases provide for U.S. overseas military commitments.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

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    Sexual assault in the armed forces increased by nearly 50 percent in the past fiscal year. Between October 2012 and June of 2013, 3,553 sexual assaults were reported to the Defense Department. The report classifies sexual assault as rape, sodomy, and unwanted sexual contact—but not sexual harassment. Military officials say that the higher numbers reflect a changing culture in the military where victims feel safer coming forward. The report is likely to provide momentum for provisions in an upcoming defense bill aiming to confront the problem.

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