May 1 - U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel says ''sexual assault is a clear threat'' as he introduces new procedures for responding to sexual assault in the military. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said "sexual assault is a clear threat," as he introduced new policies and procedures for responding to allegations of sexual assault in the military. In an annual study mandated by Congress, the Department of Defense found that reports of sexual assault in the armed forces have risen by fifty percent since 2012, including claims of offenses taking place prior to an individual's time of service. Collaborating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Centers for Disease Control and universities, the Department of Defense has altered their methods for reporting attacks, giving victims more options for how to proceed. With twenty-five percent of victims opting for what the military is calling a "restricted report," soldiers are now offered a confidential method of reporting claims of sexual assault and harassment that allows them to receive treatment without a public investigation.