Alarming Increase in the Sexual Assault cases in US Schools & Armed Forces

Sexual Assaults in US Armed ForcesJNN 07 May 2014 Washington D.C : On Tuesday, the White House released a one-minute PSA addressing rape on US college campuses, featuring a star-studded cast: Alongside President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, the spot features actors Daniel Craig, Benicio del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers, and Steve Carell, the Slate reported. “It’s up to all of us to put an end to sexual assault,” President Obama said in the video.

The ad comes as Obama ramps up efforts to compel schools to take more action to reduce sexual assaults on their campuses.

Reports say that one out five female university students in the US has faced sexual assault.

Fairfax County police and public records said on April, a former official in the George W. Bush administration has been arrested on sexual assault of a woman he met at a Bailey’s Crossroads clothing store.

Sloan Wilson Rappoport, 44, of Arlington, was arrested at the time. He has been charged with abduction, sexual battery and obscene display, according to the police.

Rappoport served in senior positions in the US Department of Commerce during the Bush administration and worked for Sen. John McCain of Arizona and other Republican lawmakers.

Also a report said in December that the number of reported sexual assaults in the US military increased by more than 50 percent in 2013.

There were more than 5,000 reports of sexual assault filed during the fiscal year that ended on Sept 30 in comparison with 3,374 in 2012.

About 10 percent of the reports in 2013 occurred before the victim got into the military, up from just 4 percent only a year ago.

US officials said the increase suggests that victims are more willing to talk about the widespread issue.

Col. Alan R. Metzler, deputy director of the Pentagon’s sexual assault prevention and response office, said more victims are agreeing to make official complaints, rather than simply seeking medical care without filing formal accusations.

Director of the Navy’s sexual assault program Jill Loftus said the increase also suggests that more service members are starting to understand what types of behavior constitute harassment or assault.

The increase in reports across the services ranges from about 45 percent for the Air Force to 86 percent for the Marines. The Navy had an increase of 46 percent and the Army, by far the largest military service, had a 50 percent jump, according to the figures.

In December, legislation approved by Congress urged the Pentagon to change how it deals with the issue after criticisms that victims fear they will not be taken seriously.

The US Defense Department estimated that reported cases of sexual abuse in the military increased nearly 40 percent last year, to about 26,000 cases from 19,000 in 2011.

The Pentagon report also showed that 62 percent of those who report sexual abuse in the military are faced with some sort of retaliation for reporting their cases.

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