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Sex assault victims in US military face retaliation

Nearly 6,000 US service members reported assaults to military authorities, up from about 5,500 in 2013The number of sexual assaults reported by US troops rose eight percent this year and more than 60 percent of victims complained they suffered retaliation after they reported a crime, defense officials said Thursday. A survey of troops also found a troubling trend of retaliation for those who told their commanders they had been raped or sexually assaulted, with 62 percent of female victims saying they faced repercussions, officials said. The survey found that 19,000 service members said they faced unwanted sexual contact, down from 26,000 in a previous survey two years ago, said a defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The survey results are part of a Pentagon report due to be released later on Thursday.

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