Reported sexual assaults increase at Camp Lejeune, New River & Fort Bragg

Elias Hubbard
November 18, 2017

"When you asked us two years ago for this information, we were very, very concerned that releasing this information by installation would somehow violate the confidentiality of that service member would require in order to heal".

The Department of Defense says there has been an increase of sexual assaults reported at North Carolina military bases, including Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg. Galbreath said. "And the answer is no". "As a result, the number of reports listed for an installation doesn't necessarily mean that the alleged incident occurred there".

The Marine Corp Air Station New River had 16 total reports in 2013, 32 in 2014, 27 in 2015 and 32 in 2016. The newly released numbers cover the years 2013 through 2016.

"This kind of flexibility allows the department to better meet the department's goals to increase reporting of sexual assault and decrease the occurrence of the crime through prevention", he said.

In the Air Force, the installation with the most allegations of sexual assault in fiscal 2016 was the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, with 44 reports.

Sexual assaults can be made by active duty service members, adult dependents of service members and civilians who allege they have been assaulted by service members.

In 2016, the summary says, Fort Bragg received 146 reports of sexual assault. "And as you know, these reports only tell part of the story", Galbreath told the RFT.

Sexual assault is defined by the DOD as crimes like rape, sexual assault and forcible sodomy, along with aggravated and abusive sexual contact or attempts to commit those offenses.

Since 2012, SAPRO's annual reports on sexual assault in the military have shown regular declines in the rates, although the statistics have been disputed by advocacy groups and several members of Congress.

The number of reported sexual assaults on Fort Gordon almost tripled between 2013 and 2016, according to a new Department of Defense report.

The installation had a total of 231 reports in fiscal 2013, 363 in fiscal 2014, 291 in fiscal 2015 and 270 in fiscal 2016. However, it recently determined it could release the data without harming victims. On Thursday, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), held a press conference in Washington, D.C., to announce the re-introduction of the Military Justice Improvement Act. The measure would give military prosecutors the power to send to trial serious criminal cases, including those involving sexual assault.

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