FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (AP) – Army officials are now acknowledging they’ve investigated reports of child-on-child sexual assaults at bases in Alaska.

The disclosure comes amid an Associated Press investigation that found many sexual assault reports among children at U.S. military bases where service member families live have languished in a dead zone of justice, in which victims and offenders go without help.

Initially, Army’s Criminal Investigation Command released a list of sexual assaults among juveniles that showed 223 worldwide since the start of 2007 – but none in Alaska. Meanwhile, state authorities tallied five cases.

After reporters challenged the Army data’s accuracy, investigators released a list with 86 more cases. Among them were three that AP had not documented before.

That brings Alaska’s total to at least eight cases, five of them at Fort Wainwright.

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