Proposals to address a major flaw in the military’s policy for reporting rapes have languished in Congress.
(New York)– Every May, the U.S. Department of Defense issues statistics on rapes and sexual assault charges in the military in its Annual Report on Sexual Assault. In FY 2012, 3,374 sexual assaults were reported. That’s only part of the story. Those who work to treat and heal sexual violence, whether as survivors, advocates or therapists, say they know there is always underreporting.
In the same report, an anonymous survey of service members found 26,000 reports of sexual assault, 14,000 of which came from men. Many victims never come forward, fearful of repercussions in their military careers, and the ones that do often find their cases are dismissed or ignored, or they are told not to push the complaint.