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Fort Hood had the most sexual assaults of any Army post over from 2013 to 2016, and the second most of any US military installation in the world, according to a report the Pentagon released Friday.

But campaign groups say the problem with sexual assault reporting and preventing in the military is far from solved.

In the report released on Friday, the Pentagon estimated that for the 2016 fiscal year, 32 percent of service members who experience sexual assault now report it, up from 25 percent in fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

In fiscal year 2014, the post had 212 unrestricted sexual assault reports and 50 restricted reports for a total of 262.

Since 2012, SAPRO's annual reports on sexual assault in the military have shown regular declines in the rates, although the statistics have been disputed by advocacy groups and several members of Congress.

Camp Lejeune, near Jacksonville, had 169 reports of sexual assault in 2016, compared to 164 the year before.

The Department of Defense defines sexual assaults as adult sex-related crimes punishable under its Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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To report an incident as a restricted report means to report without referral for criminal investigation or to commanders.

"Whether it is through victim assistants keeping constant contact, intensive unit training that includes what happens after a report, or by leader focused training that takes into account signs of retaliation and vulnerability, we must dedicate ourselves to providing an environment that encourages victims to report and supports them through the process", Piatt said. In joint bases, the number of reports decreased slightly from 705 in 2015 to 670 in 2017.

There's also a recorded increase at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Victim advocates say the rise in numbers does have a positive behind it as it could mean victims are becoming more comfortable reporting assaults.

As shocking as that is, these latest numbers are actually a conservative estimate, as Reuters, which first reported the story, points out: The Pentagon estimates that during the 2016 fiscal year, less than one-third of service members who experienced a sexual assault actually reported it.

Meanwhile, the number of sexual assaults reported by victims in 2016 rose slightly to 6,172, an increase that Pentagon officials said indicated greater awareness of the care and responses available to victims. The incident could have occurred "while on deployment, while away on leave, or even prior to entering the military", the Pentagon told ABC News.


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