"One of the features of the department's reporting program is that service members can report allegations of sexual assault at any time and at any place", Nate Galbreath, deputy director of the SAPRO, said.
32 percent of all assaults that occurred within the military in 2016's fiscal year report, which represented an improvement 2014's estimated average of 15 percent or fewer, according to the report.
Still, they said, the prevalence of sex assaults in the military has declined in recent years, from 6.1 percent of active-duty women and 1.2 percent of active-duty men in 2012-13 to 4.3 percent of women and 0.6 percent of men in 2015-16. Today, after that determination, a database breaking down the number of reported sexual assaults by base, domestically and internationally, was released.
The report, provided by the Department of Defence's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) Friday detailed the number of sexual assault reports across the services and joint bases, as well in combat zones, reports Xinhua news agency.
The new numbers from the fiscal year 2016 show the number of sex assault reports has almost tripled at Fort Carson since 2013.
The data also show Army installations took the most reports in each of the last four years. Since then, the percentage of DoD victims choosing to report has increased over the years.
Before FY 2014 (Oct. 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014) the DoD reports that 15% or fewer military members reported a sexual assault. In 2013 there were 37 reported assaults. They include active-duty service members, activated Reserve and National Guard troops and civilians who allege assaults by active-duty military personnel.
In 2012, the military "reinvigorated" its approach to addressing sexual assault and encouraged better reporting, according to de Vera, the Navy spokesman.
"Sexual assault is fratricide in our formations, plain and simple".
At Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, the number of reports dropped, from 49 in 2015 to 27 in 2016.
Unrestricted reports comprise sexual assault allegations that are referred to the Military Criminal Investigative Organization or law enforcement for investigation, while restricted reports are confidential, and are seen only by specific parties within the DoD, including its sexual assault prevention response team, and victim advocates. "A report could involve allegations for an incident that occurred while on deployment, while away on leave, or even prior to entering the military", he said. The department reported that prevalence rates among active duty women went from 6.1 percent in 2012 to 4.3 percent previous year.