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Nov 07, 2013

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WASHINGTON — Reports of sexual assaults by troops rose 46% over the last year, the latest black mark for the military as it struggles with the crime.

There were 3,553 reports of sexual assault in the ranks for the first nine months of fiscal year 2013, according to figures released on Thursday. That compares with 2,434 reports for the same period in 2012.

Pentagon officials attributed part of the increase to victims’ increased confidence in the military’s response to the crime. That assessment is based in part, they say, because an increasing number of reports regard assaults that occurred before troops entered the military.

“We assess this as a sign of victim confidence in our response system,” said Lt. Col. Catherine Wilkinson, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

Increased reporting also allows the military to provide care for more victims and to prosecute offenders, Wilkinson said.

All four services and the National Guard reported increases in sexual assault reports.

Reports to military authorities about sex assaults are a fraction of the Pentagon estimates of unwanted sexual contact among troops. That definition encompasses groping to rape. By that measure, the Pentagon found that about 26,000 troops had been victimized in 2012, a 30% increase from 2010.

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