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Is It “Good” That Sexual Assault Reports Are Up 131% In The Army?

September 26, 2014

According to new reports, sexual assault reports are up 131%

But the Army is saying that is a GOOD thing!

I understand that logic somewhat but really?! What do you think?


WIESBADEN, Germany — Reports of sexual assaults in U.S. Army Europe jumped 131 percent in fiscal 2013.

That sounds bad, but Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., who heads the command, sees it as a sign of progress in the service’s fight to put a stop to sexual violence in the ranks.

The increase indicates that victims “are developing trust and confidence in their leaders that something will happen if they report it,” Campbell said Tuesday as he opened a two-day sexual assault summit with senior Army officers and enlisted leaders from across the Continent. “That’s a good-news story.”

While such a view is counterintuitive, other experts at the meeting agreed.

A reporter from Stars and Stripes attended the first day of the summit but agreed not to identify speakers or participants in open sessions so as to encourage openness among those attending. Interviews with a small number of attendees and presenters were conducted outside the main sessions.