In a news release McCaskill’s office says she and a group of Senators and Representatives were updated on the scope of the problem during a Pentagon briefing on Thursday.
Her office says a lack of reporting sexual assaults continues, even though the military has been trying to deal with the problem for 10 years.
She cited a report from “the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, show 3,191 cases reported—although it is estimated that only 13.5% of survivors report,”.
McCaskill claims the actual number of cases of sexual assault in the military may be as high as 19,000 a year. She also says only 150 cases of the nearly 4,000 2011 reports in the have been prosecuted.
McCaskill is a member of the Senate Armed services Committee.
She pointed out the Army base at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri has a history of struggling with the problem.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported on the problem in 2011.
At the time, one of the base’s prosecutors summed up the problem in a terse sentence included in the 2011 news report.
“Intoxicate, isolate, violate, that’s the modus operandi of the accused,” said Capt. Dan Larson, who helped prosecute” some of the Army base’s sexual assaults.