Military Rape Reports Rise, Prosecution Still Low

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says only a fraction of the more than 2,900 reports of sexual assaults it received last year went to court.

More people are said to have come forward to report sexual assaults, but a significant percentage wouldn't give crucial details needed for an investigation.

Reports for the year ending last October were about 9-percent higher than the number reported a year earlier and include 165 cases in Iraq and Afghanistan, a jump of 30.

Still, the military figures that's only the tip of the iceberg. As many as 10 to 20 percent of sexual assaults go unreported.

Congresswoman Jane Harman, a congressional critic of the military's handling of sexual violence, says "Military women are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq."

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