Mr. Herbert rips DOD for suggesting that the increase in reported sexual assaults "is encouraging." He writes:
The Department of Defense has taken a peculiarly optimistic view of the increase in the number of reported sexual attacks. The most recent data is contained in the annual report that the department is required to submit to Congress. The report says that "the overall increase in reports of sexual assault in the military is encouraging," and goes on to explain:It is difficult to understand how DOD could purport to know that "increased reports of sexual assault do not reflect a rise in annual incidents of sexual assault." While a rise in the reported number of assaults might not reflect a rise in the actual number of assaults, how could DOD know that it doesn't?
"It should be noted that increased reports of sexual assault do not reflect a rise in annual incidents of sexual assault. Sexual assault is one of the most under-reported crimes in the United States. Estimates suggest that only a small percentage of sexual assaults are ever reported to the police. The department suspects that the same is true for military society as well. An increase in the number of reported cases means that the department is capturing a greater proportion of the cases occurring each year."
How's that for viewing hideous statistics through rose-colored glasses? If the number of reported cases of rape goes sky-high over the next fiscal year, that will mean that the military is doing an even better job!