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Official: Reports of sex assault in Navy increase

NORFOLK, Va. — The number of sexual assaults reported to the Navy has grown by about 50 percent in the past year, which Navy officials said Wednesday is a sign that a growing number of sailors feel more comfortable reporting an assault and believe something will be done about it.

The Navy said it is on pace to end the 2013 fiscal year later this month with about 1,100 reports of sexual assault. That’s up from the 726 sexual assaults reported in the previous fiscal year.

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Rear Admiral Sean Buck, the Navy’s top sexual assault prevention and response officer, told reporters at Naval Station Norfolk that the increase was something Navy officials had expected as they ramped up efforts to let sailors know that sexual assaults are being treated seriously.

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