TX Military Base Saw More Than 40 Sexual Assault, Harassment Cases

Fort Bliss officials released statistics on Tuesday that showed more than 40 reported sexual assault and harassment incidents have occurred at the base since it implemented a sexual assault prevention program in October, the El Paso Times reported.

Spokesman Maj. Joe Buccino told the newspaper that 33 sexual assault cases and 13 sexual harassment cases had been reported at Fort Bliss since Oct. 1, when the base started the Army-wide Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) training program. Buccino cautioned that it’s unknown how many incidents go unreported.

The figures were released the same day the U.S. Senate held a heated hearing on the issue of sexual assault in the armed forces.

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