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US Military: Reported Sexual Assaults Increase 11 Percent

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, at a Pentagon news conference, discusses the Defense Department's annual report on sexual assault in the military, May 1, 2015.

The Pentagon's latest annual report on sexual assaults in the U.S. military says the number of reported assaults rose 11 percent from 2013 to 2014.

However, the report estimates the total number of sexual assaults — reported and unreported — actually decreased from 2013 to 2014.

The military received 6,131 reports of sexual assault involving service members in fiscal 2014. The report says female victims made the majority of reports, but were not the majority of victims.

The report estimates that 10,600 men and 9,600 women in the U.S. armed forces were sexually assaulted in 2014. These numbers translate to about 1 percent of men in the military and nearly 5 percent of women in the military, since men greatly outnumber women in the armed services.

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    Carla Babb

    Carla is VOA's Pentagon correspondent covering defense and international security issues. Her datelines include Ukraine, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea.