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20 November 2017, 02:15 | Floyd Cook
Hundreds of sex assaults reported at San Diego military bases last year
Pentagon statistics released Friday show that the world's largest Navy base in Norfolk fielded more sexual assault reports than any other military installation past 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.
While Fort Campbell's number increase dramatically between 2013 and 2016, the number of reported sexual assaults dropped at Fort Knox.
The figures released on Friday come after a separate report earlier this year which highlighted how there had been a steady increase of sexual assault reports over the past several years. The report this week shows "installation by installation, where service members are getting assistance with their sexual assault reports", the Pentagon said in a news release.
The DOD has been encouraging service members to report sexual assaults since 2005. In combat areas, there were 125 reports of sexual assault in 2016, whereas 118 were reported in 2015.
The Defense Sexual Assault Incident Database (DSAID) was authorized by Congress in 2009 and fully implemented in 2013. In 2016, there were 155 unrestricted reports and 44 restricted.
The report said the location of where a report was made does not necessarily mean the incident occurred at that location.The reason is that victims may report a sexual assault at a time and place of their choosing.
In 2016, the most recent data the department has on the prevalence rates of sexual assault showed a decrease from 6.1% of active-duty women in 2012 to 4.3% in 2016, and from 1.2% of active-duty men in 2012 to 0.6% in 2016, SAPRO said.
"One of the features of the department's reporting program is that service members can report allegations of sexual assault at any time and at any place", said Dr. Nate Galbreath, deputy director DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.
The overall numbers released Friday reflect previous reports by SAPRO.
The Air Force and Navy were the only two that recorded an increase in reports.
A restricted report is one made confidentially by a victim who may be seeking "advocacy, support services, medical care, and mental health counseling" and is not referred to criminal investigation, SAPRO said.
San Diego is the second largest Navy complex following Norfolk, Virginia, which had the most sexual assault reports of any Navy base in 2016: 240.
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