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Pentagon reports 46% rise in military sexual assaults

(Washington Times) The number of sexual assaults reported in the military saw a double-digit surge over the last year — but that doesn’t necessarily mean that members are suffering more attacks, the Pentagon said, in its latest report.

Instead, most of the 46 percent hike can be attributed to “victim confidence in our response system,” the Pentagon made clear, United Press International reported.

By the numbers: Between January and September of this year, military investigators fielded 3,553 sexual-assault complaints. That number for the same period in 2012 stood at 2,434, the report said.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean sexual assaults have skyrocketed, the Pentagon was quick to point.