30 Apr '18, 10pm

Military sexual assault reports rise in 2017 but fewer servicemembers faced courts-martial

WASHINGTON — Reports of sexual assaults made by U.S. servicemembers increased 10 percent in fiscal year 2017 from the previous year, but fewer troops faced courts-martial as commanders often opted to punish offenders outside of the court system, Pentagon data released Monday showed. Of the 6,769 sexual assault cases reported last year, military commanders found sufficient evidence to pursue disciplinary action in 2,218 cases, according to the Pentagon’s annual sexual assault report. Of the total cases reported, about 1,200 were outside of the Defense Department’s jurisdiction, according to the report. Commanders referred charges to courts-martial in 774 cases, down from nearly 790 courts-martial in fiscal year 2016 when 6,172 sexual assaults were reported. Meanwhile, commanders often chose other forms of punishment to reprimand servicemembers found to have committed sexual...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/military-sexual-assault-repo...

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