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Shanahan calls for reforms as military sexual assaults rise by 38%; highest for young women

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38 per cent rise in sexual assaults in military

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan called for sweeping changes in the way the military handles sexual assaults and harassment following a reported 38% increase in assaults from 2016 to 2018.

That spike in crime within the ranks comes after years of focused effort and resources to eradicate it.

The report surveyed Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel in 2018. Based on the survey, there were an estimated 20,500 instances of unwanted sexual contact – an increase over the 14,900 estimated in the last biennial survey in 2016.Unwanted sexual contact ranges from groping to rape.

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