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Study finds women in military face retaliation for reporting sex assaults

A troubling new study released by the Pentagon on Friday reportedly shows that nearly two-thirds of women in the U.S. military who file sexual assault complaints are subjected to retaliation. According to the results of the study, some 62 percent of women who were surveyed felt they were the victims of retaliation for having gone to superiors with complaints of sexual assault. On the whole, the study seems to indicate that sex assaults in the military are on the decline because, the study indicates, more women are apt to report incidents since there’s a stronger feeling in recent years that complaints will be handled appropriately by military officials. Still, as new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter wrote in a memo addressing the study, “The fight against sexual assault is far from over.”
Read the full story at The New York Times.

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