Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, left, outlined on Friday the steps that the military was taking to reduce the thousands of sexual assaults that occur each year. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

New York Times: Women in Military Cite Retaliation After Assault Complaints

WASHINGTON — Nearly two-thirds of women in the military who filed sexual assault complaints last year said they faced retaliation, according to a Pentagon report released on Friday.

The study found that the number of sexual assaults in the military declined last year, echoing the conclusion of a Defense Department report released in December. But the new study said that the number of attacks in the fiscal year that ended in September may have been slightly higher than the figure in the December report.

Even as sexual assaults were reported to have declined, the Pentagon said that more service members filed assault complaints, and that about a third of attacks were now being reported. The study attributed the rise in reports of attacks to a “greater confidence” among victims that their complaints would be properly handled.

More News On The Recent Report On U.S. Military Sexual Assaults

Sharp decrease of sexual assault in military, study finds -- CNN
Military Sexual Assault Reports Increased 11 Percent Last Year --
Sexual assaults have dropped in U.S. military, Pentagon study shows -- UPI
US Military: Reported Sexual Assaults Increase 11 Percent -- VOA
Military sex assaults down, reporting up -- UT San Diego
Military sexual assault still a big problem, new report shows -- Mashable
Senator: The US military's sexual assault problem is worse than people realize -- AP
Sexual Assault By Military Personnel Still Hidden 'In The Shadows,' US Senator Says -- Business Insider

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