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U.S. army soldiers are seen marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York, March 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

U.S. military sexual assault reports jumped 50 percent last year

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WASHINGTON - Reported sexual assaults in the U.S. military jumped 50 percent last year amid a high-profile crackdown on the problem, the Pentagon said on Thursday, a spike officials hailed as a sign victims are increasingly confident the crime will be prosecuted.

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