By Jeremy Herb - 04/12/12 03:12 PM EDT
In January, Panetta pledged to do more to reduce the number of sexual assaults in the military.
The Defense Department estimated last year there were 19,000 military sexual assaults. There were 3,191 reported incidences of sexual assault in 2011.
The Pentagon’s creation of a centralized case-level database for sexual assault, which is supposed to be fully operational by August 2012, drew praise from two members of Congress on Monday.