New study of sex assault in U.S. military raises concern about retaliation against victims who report crime. Rough Cut. (No Reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled four new initiatives to combat sexual assault in the U.S. military on Thursday as the Pentagon released a preliminary report for 2014 showing signs of improvement after a three-year crackdown on the crime. The report found a drop in overall cases of sexual assault and a greater willingness by troops to report assaults to authorities. But it also voiced concern that more than 60 percent of sexual assault victims believe they have been subjected to retaliation for reporting the crime. As a result, Hagel included an effort to fight retaliation as one of the four new directives he proposed to help carry forward the fight against sexual assault in the military. The findings come amid a Pentagon crackdown on sexual assault in the military after a spate of high-profile incidents that sparked public outrage and demands for action by the president and Congress. Democratic Senator from Missouri, Claire McCaskill, said while progress has been made, the report shows there is still work to do.