Reported sexual assaults increase at Camp Lejeune, New River & Fort Bragg

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WITN) - The Department of Defense says there has been an increase of sexual assaults reported at North Carolina military bases, including Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg.

The figures for all of military installations were released today, covering a four-year period.

In fiscal year 2013, Camp Lejeune had 151 reports. In 2014 that number dropped to 150, then in 2015 it increased to 164. For fiscal year 2016, there were 169 reports of sexual assault.

At Fort Bragg, the Army post had 89 reports of sexual assault in fiscal year 2013, 100 in 2014, 114 in 2015 and 146 reported in fiscal year 2016.

The DOD says just because the alleged assaults were reported to Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg, those offenses could have occurred somewhere else.

At New River, sexual assaults also rose. They went from 16 reported in 2013 to 32 in 2016.

Cherry Point had reported sexual assaults drop during the same period, from 49 to 27, while at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base the number went from 14 in 2013, to 13 in 2016.