Posted: Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:02PM

More Than 1,300 Military Sexual Harassment Cases Filed in 2013



iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon on Thursday released its first-ever report on incidents of sexual harassment in the military, detailing more than 1,300 cases filed in 2013.

Half of the 1,366 complaints involved senior, non-commissioned officers committing sexual harassment, the same leaders responsible for stopping such acts. One in three women and one in five men reported that their attackers sexually harassed them before and after the initial incident, according to the data from the Department of Defense.

As a result, officials suggest the military needs to improve punishment and enforcement.

Thursday's report differs from the recent Pentagon account on military sexual assault. In early May, the department reported 5,061 cases of sexual assault for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013, marking a 50-percent increase over the previous year.

This time around, the DoD gives a specific definition on sexual harassment: an unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that can affect a career or job performance or create an abusive workplace.

Similar to sexual assault, harassment often goes underreported.

“We want a climate where everybody reports whenever they’re offended,” one official said in a statement.


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