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Navy: Sexual Assault Reporting Doubled in 2013

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Capt. Susan K. Cerovsky leads a discussion during sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR) training in June 2013. US Navy Photo

Capt. Susan K. Cerovsky leads a discussion during sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR) training in June 2013. US Navy Photo

The head of the Navy’s sexual assault prevention and response office said the service was on track to have 1,800 reports of sexual assaults by the end of Fiscal Year 2013 — more than double the number from 2012, according to several press reports.

A Defense Department report from May said the Navy reported 775 assaults in 2012.

The comments came during a briefing with reporters at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. with Rear Adm. Sean Buck.

According to Buck, the increases in reports were a sign more sailors were coming forward to report instances of assault, according to a report from The Associated Press.

The Pentagon report estimated there were 26,000 sexual assaults compared to 3,000 reported instances.

In July, the Navy released its current plan to curb sexual assault that included limiting alcohol sales and creating more Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) officers in the service.

Categories: Military Personnel, News & Analysis, U.S. Navy
Sam LaGrone

About Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the USNI Online Editor at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.

  • Ctrot

    1. How do they define “assault”?
    2. How do these numbers compare with the civilian world?