MILITARY

FORT HOOD — The release of 2016 sexual assault figures for Fort Hood will have to wait another three months or so, according to an Army spokesman at Fort Hood. The numbers are first reported to the Defense Department, which will then release them to the public.

While the 2016 report won’t be available until April, 144 sexual assaults were reported in 2015 to the III Corps Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program services, said Capt. Paris Holman, SHARP deputy program manager. Not all cases occurred locally or during the reporting year, but the numbers reflect the service members entitled to SHARP services who reported using Fort Hood personnel and facilities for their case.

The SHARP program is responsible for providing assistance to service members in sexual assault or harassment cases and reporting the number of cases to the Defense Department.

There were 193 total cases in 2013 and 175 total cases in 2014. In 2015, 144 cases were reported.

“Fort Hood is committed to ensuring we conduct thorough and professional investigations, take appropriate action based on the investigation and provide compassionate care and protect the rights/privacy of survivors,” Holman said.

III Corps and its leaders at every echelon are strongly committed to preventing sexual assault within the ranks, said Col. Thomas Veale, III Corps public affairs officer.

“We have an enduring culture in which sexist behavior, sexual harassment and sexual assault are not tolerated, condoned or ignored,” he said. “There is strong leader emphasis on prevention, and leaders at all levels will take any allegation seriously. We also continue to improve support to victims and to those who experience retaliation for reporting.”

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