Think Progress reports:
An annual report published this spring by the Department of Defense revealed the pervasive sexual assault problem in our armed forces. The Pentagon estimated that 26,000 service memberswere victims of sexual assault in 2012, a 34 percent increase from 2010.
While the numbers are staggering, many have attacked the quality of the data in an effort to downplay the problem at hand and resist efforts to curtail incidents of sexual assault. Pentagon JAG Captain Lindsay Rodman recently called the 26,000 figure “bad math,” and suggested the reported number of sexual assaults is exaggerated. Others have claimed that sexual harassment is included in the 26,000 sexual assault victim estimate, thereby diluting the data and minimalizing the problem.