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Behind Closed Doors: Sexual Assault Remains Problem in US Army

© Flickr / photosoftheheartOver 20,000 incidents of unwanted sexual contact occurred in the US military in 2014. Most victims of sexual assault said the perpetrator was someone of a higher rank in the military.
Over 20,000 incidents of unwanted sexual contact occurred in the US military in 2014. Most victims of sexual assault said the perpetrator was someone of a higher rank in the military. - Sputnik International
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Over 20,000 incidents of unwanted sexual contact occurred in the US military in 2014. Most victims of sexual assault said the perpetrator was someone of a higher rank in the military.

Sexual assault remains a big problem in the US Armed Forces, according to a survey released on Saturday by Rand Corporation, a US-based think-tank.

About 170,000 US troops participated in the Rand Military Workplace Study.

The survey found that over 20,000 incidents of unwanted sexual contact occurred in the US military in 2014 alone.

Half of the soldiers, who were sexually assaulted, said the perpetrator was someone of a higher rank. Both men and women were victims of sexual assault. Among victims, 81 percent of men and 89 percent of women said the perpetrator was another person in the military, Santa Monico Mirror said.

Members of the Secret Service counter assault team provides security. - Sputnik International
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The report shows a 70 percent increase in the number of accusations since 2012. Military authorities from the US Defense Department see it as a good thing, as more servicemen started to report sexual assaults due to policies encouraging military personnel to report such offenses.

Rand Corporation's study also found that the risk of sexual assault varies by branch of service. Those serving in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps have higher chances of experiencing unwanted sexual contact than servicemen in the Air Force.

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