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Increase in military sexual assaults

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A shocking jump is being reported in the number of sexual assaults in the military.

A new Defense Department report says 3,553 members of the military reported being sexually assaulted this past fiscal year. An astonishing 46 percent jump from 2012. The study calls that increase "unprecedented."

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has written a bill to take the responsibility for prosecuting serious crimes out of the hands of military commanders, giving that authority to military lawyers. Debate on the bill is scheduled to begin later this month.

The sexual assaults number in the military report does include assaults by civilians on military personnel.

It's unclear if the jump is because more victims are feeling comfortable enough to come forward, these assaults are becoming more common, or even a combination of the two.