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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fewer rapes in the military, but retaliation still a problem, survey shows

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02:  Former U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Annie Kendzior (R), testifies before the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Military Personnel with fellow sexual assault survivors (2nd R-L) former U.S. Military Academy cadets Stephanie Gross andAriana Bullard and Naval Academy Midshipman Second Class Shiela Craine in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill May 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Recruited as a student athelete, Kendzior was twice raped after enrolling at the Naval Academy in 2008. After reporting the crime she said the superintendent at the time told her to "grow up." The academy superintendents were called to testify following the release of a survey last month by the Pentagon that said 12.2 percent of academy women and 1.7 percent of academy men reported experiencing unwanted sexual contact during the 2015-16 academic year. The number of reports at West Point increased from 17 to 26, while reports at the Naval Academy ticked up from 25 to 28 over the last academic year.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Staff / Getty Images / 2017 Getty Images

The number of sexual assaults in the military continued its steady decrease last year, and victims are more willing to report the crimes, the Pentagon’s latest survey shows.

But nearly 60 percent of victims who did tell authorities about being raped said they faced some form of retaliation and the conviction rate for prosecutions remains low, according to the Pentagon’s Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military, released this week.


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