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    Over 6,000 in 2016: Pentagon Releases Sexual Assault Data by Military Base

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    For the first time, the Pentagon has revealed data on the number of reported sexual assaults for each US military base.

    In a report that was released earlier this year covering October 2012 to September 2016, the Pentagon disclosed that 6,172 sexual assault reports were filed in the 2016 fiscal year. 

    Even though the study outlines where a report is made — not necessarily where the sexual assault occurred — it does detail the bases with the highest number of reports.

    In the 2016 fiscal year, Norfolk had 270 sexual assault reports, Ford Hood had 199, the Naval Base in San Diego had 187, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina had 169, Camp Pendleton in California had 157, and Fort Bragg in North Carolina had 146 reports, cited by Stars and Stripes.

    Outside the US, the American bases in South Korea had a logged a total of 211 reports of sexual assault.

    It is important to note that the cases of sexual assault represent only those that were reported. The US Department of Defense (DoD) estimates that fewer than a third of victims report sexual assault cases.

    In an annual report published by the DoD in May, an estimated 14,900 members of the US military were sexually assaulted in 2016.

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