Congressman Mike Turner, Co-Chair of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, issued the following statement as the Department of Defense released its Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military Service Academies:

“On the surface, this latest report and its statistics are troubling. However, the increased rate of reporting is in response to efforts combating this issue, both by leadership at the Defense Department, and by Congress. Historically, sexual assault is an underreported crime. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act continues to address this, and senior leadership at the Defense Department are working with lawmakers and within the Department to right its course. It’s time our servicemembers down the chain of command – all the way to cadets and midshipmen take note as well.”