The number of sexual assault reports in the United States Armed Forces surged during the fiscal year 2021, according to an annual report released by the Department of Defense (DOD) in August.
The report (pdf) showed that the department received a total of 8,866 reports of sexual assault, which marks a roughly 13 percent increase from the 7,816 reports made in the fiscal year 2020.
Of the 8,866 reports, 7,260 were from active duty members making an “unrestricted or restricted report” of sexual assault for an incident they claimed to have experienced during military service.
The number of sexual assault cases is the highest reported by the department since it began tracking sexual assault and unwanted sexual contact cases in 2006….


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