The Pentagon released the results of a survey this week that found a significant increase in the number of people serving in the US military who said they were subjected to sexual harassment and assault.
Of the 26,000 active-duty men and women who participated in the survey, 6.1% of the women and 1.2% of the men said that they had been sexually assaulted in the past year. In comparison, the sexual harassment survey from 2010 found that 4.4% of women and less than 0.9% of men had been sexually assaulted that year.
These percentages indicate that there are about 12,100 women and 13,900 men, or 26,000 active duty service members in total, who were sexually harassed or assaulted in the past year, compared with 19,000 in 2010.
President Obama reacted at a White House news conference, saying, “The bottom line is, I have no tolerance for this. If we find out somebody’s engaging in this stuff, they’ve got to be held accountable, prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged. Period.”