Pentagon Targets Alcohol Consumption in Effort to Reduce Sexual Assault in the Military

Pentagon Targets Alcohol Consumption in Effort to Reduce Sexual Assault in the Military

The Defense Department (DOD) will target alcohol consumption as part of its campaign to reduce sexual assault in the military, Stars and Stripes reports. There were more than 5,000 reports of sexual assault by service members last year—a 50 percent jump from the previous year.

More than two-thirds of the reports involved alcohol use by either the victim, the assailant, or both. “[The alcohol policies] will be revised, where necessary, to address risks that alcohol poses to others, including the risk that alcohol is used as a weapon against victims in a predatory way,” said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Full story of alcohol consumption and sexual assaults at drugfree.org