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May 1, 2014 7:18 AM by Associated Press

APNewsBreak: Military sex assault claims up 50 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) - Data obtained by The Associated Press show reports of sexual assaults by members of the military rose 50 percent after the Pentagon campaigned to get more victims to come forward.

That's prompting defense officials to order a greater focus on prevention programs, including plans to review alcohol sales.

Defense officials say they are unhappy with the low number of males who report sexual assaults. They say there will be a greater emphasis on getting men to come forward and seek help. Data obtained by the AP show that about 14 percent of the reports filed last year involved male victims.

Defense officials say encouraging more men to report sexual assaults will be difficult. They say male victims worry it'll suggest they are weak and trigger questions about their sexual orientation.

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