Up 24% in 2006.
The Army attributes the increase to new reporting programs and not an actual increase in crimes.
I say bullshit.
I have had former soldiers tell me stories about sexual assaults in Kuwait and Iraq. We also know that these crimes are vastly under reported, regardless of the reporting mechanism. They are especially difficult to report in the cases of command rape and abuses in military authority.
It's another significant reason this war in Iraq is horrendous. Our men and women fighting this war deserve better.
More to follow on this story and the underlying issues...