Nightly News   |  November 07, 2013

Reports of military sexual assaults spike dramatically

The number of sexual assault reports have increased by nearly 50 percent from July 2012 through June 2013. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> there are some big and bad new numbers tonight about sexual assaults in the u.s. military . new data showing the number of reports has spiked dramatically. almost 50% from july of 2012 through june of this year. in all four branches of the military and the national guard , this is according to the pentagon. what's not known is whether the rise in complaints signals an increase in assaults, or an increase in reporting of them or both. there is a fight in congress over taking the complaints out of the military chain of command .