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Tsongas Statement on Annual Report of Sexual Assaults at Military Academies

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Location: Washington, DC

Today the Department of Defense's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), released its annual report on sexual assault at military academies. The report reveals that in 2012, US military academies saw a 23% rise over the previous year in the number of reported sexual assaults.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, co-founder of the House Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus and a member of the US Air Force Academy Board of Visitors, offered the following comment on the rise of reported sexual assaults at military academies:

"The numbers released in this report show a dramatic jump in reported sexual assaults at our nation's military academies. The provisions in the 2013 NDAA that was passed yesterday and the laws that it builds on provide protections to sexual assault survivors when they come forward to report these crimes. While the rise in reporting may be partially attributed to such long overdue improvements, these numbers also show that sexual assault remains a persistent and untenable crime throughout the armed forces. These numbers are an affront to the educational institutions that are developing our military's future leaders and their leadership must heed the findings in this report."

The full SAPRO report can be found here.

To learn more about the 2013 NDAA, click here.

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