Repeal of DADT is working–but sex crimes have increased.

According to a U.S. Army report released January 19, 2012, there has been a 64 percent increase in violent sexual crime against Army servicemembers since 2006. 

It’s not due to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  That didn’t occur until 20 Sep 11.  While an increase in reports of forcible sodomy was found (“…[R]ape, sexual assault, and forcible sodomy were the most frequent violent sex crimes committed in 2011”), the report also notes,

“While women comprise 14 percent of the Army ranks, they account for 95 percent of all sex crime victims.”

Distressingly, the Army and DOD have no clear explanation for these statistics.

The study warns that reports of crimes such as forcible sodomy may increase among males in the coming year with the repeal of the law that barred openly gay troops from serving in the military. “Now victims may be more likely to report sexual offenses in the absence of the former Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy,” since troops no longer have to fear being removed from the military if it is discovered that they are gay.

At the time of the study’s publication, “There were no discernible trends regarding same gender sex crimes.”

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