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.
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.