Dec 3, 2014 4:29 PM by News Staff
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. defense officials say the number of sexual assaults reported by military service members increased 8 percent in 2014, but details set for release Thursday and a new anonymous survey suggest that victims are becoming more willing to come forward and seek help or file complaints.
Officials say there were more than 5,400 sexual assaults reported as of Sept. 30, compared with about 5,000 last year. That increase comes on the heels of a 50 percent spike in reporting in 2013.
Based on those numbers, and the anonymous survey conducted by the Rand Corp., officials said about 1 in every 4 victims filed a report this year, compared with about 1 in 10 in 2012.
Officials discussed the reports on condition of anonymity because the data hasn't been publicly released.
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