(PresidentialWire.com)- According to an annual report released by the Department of Defense (DOD), the number of sexual assault complaints in the military increased 13 percent in the fiscal year 2021, including eight months under the Biden administration.
The DOD received 8,866 reports of sexual assault involving military members in the fiscal year 2021, up 13% from the 7,816 reports submitted in the fiscal year 2020, according to the report required by Congress every year.
Since not all sexual assaults are recorded, the DOD calculates that 35,875 active-duty military members — roughly 19,255 women and 16,620 men — were sexually assaulted in the fiscal year 2021. The service members who were most at risk were junior enlisted personnel.
The number of sexual assault cases is at its highest since records began to be kept in 2006.
While Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin did establish a commission to investigate sexual assault in late February 2021, he first established a Counter Extremism Working Group and directed a “stand-down” on extremism across the whole force.
Additionally, the Biden Pentagon has penalized more soldiers for incomplete vaccinations than sexual assault.
In the fiscal year 2021, the DOD took disciplinary action in 2,683 sexual assault cases. It has expelled 7,444 troops for not receiving the necessary vaccinations over nearly a year.
Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary, described the rise in sexual assault allegations as “tragic and depressing.”
He stated that the DOD and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are “already undertaking unprecedented cultural and organizational reform to address this problem directly,” adding that “we can [and] will change this trend.”
According to the study, the DOD evaluates sexual assault progress using two key metrics: prevalence (the estimated number of service members who have experienced sexual assault) and reporting rate (the proportion of victims who come forward to report the assault). The Biden administration is failing on both counts.
For the fiscal year 2022, the Biden administration sought $388.2 million for all of its programs to prevent and respond to sexual assaults; for the fiscal year 2023, they are asking for $940 million.
The left throws money at problems, so why fix them?