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Reported Sex Assaults at Military Academies Jump by 23 Percent

The number of reported sexual assaults at the nation’s three military academies rose to 80 this year, a 23-percent increase from the 65 assaults reported in 2011, according to Pentagon data obtained by the Associated Press. The data also signal a continued reluctance by victims to seek criminal investigations. “Restricted” reports, involving victims who sought medical care and advocacy services but did not seek an official investigation, jumped from 27 last year to 38 this year.

Reported sexual assaults have climbed steadily since the 2009 academic year. The Defense Department has urged the academies to take steps to encourage cadets and midshipmen at the Army, Navy and Air Force academies to report sexual harassment and assaults in order to get care to everyone and hold aggressors accountable.

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