Up to 20,000 people sexually assaulted in the US Army in 2018

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The number of sexual assaults in the ranks of the US military jumped 13% last year, according to a Pentagon report. If the number recorded was 7,623 cases, an anonymous survey shows however that the actual figure could be three times higher and around 20,000.

The number of sexual assaults in the US military has increased by 13% in 2018 compared to the previous year to reach 7,623 officially registered cases, shows the annual report of the Pentagon presented Thursday, May 2.

According to this document, only one-third of sexual assault cases are reported by victims, a proportion similar to previous years. In fact, the report puts the actual number of sexual assaults in the army at 20,500, including 13,000 women. A figure 37% higher than that recorded in 2016.

“Frankly, we do not meet our moral standards and expectations,” Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan said in a statement.

According to the Pentagon, sexual assaults against men remained virtually unchanged, but increased for women. Women aged 17 to 24 were most at risk. Overall, 6.2% of women in all ranks reported having been sexually assaulted in 2018 and 0.7% of male soldiers. About 9.1% of youth enlisted reported having been sexually assaulted in 2018.

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