Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Anonymous survey asks sailors about sex assault experiences

Navy Times reports -- "The Navy and Marine Corps are teaming up reduce sexual assault within their services, and getting input from sailors and Marines is a top priority.

A voluntary anonymous survey went live online today, and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus hopes it will help leaders identify trends.

The survey is online at . The password is "2013 Survey" and it will be open until Jan. 6, 2014.

"While no tool is perfect, confidential and anonymous surveys provide a valuable different mechanism to learn about the perspectives and experiences of individual sailors and Marines," Mabus wrote in the recent servicewide message, ALNAV 070/13.

The department believes a recent uptick in sexual assault reporting is the result of sailors and Marines becoming more familiar with what qualifies as a sexual assault, as well as more comfortable with the services' Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs.

"Our simultaneous goals are to prevent, if not eliminate, sexual assaults involving sailors and Marines; to ensure effective support for sexual assault victims; and to hold offenders appropriately accountable," he wrote. "Unfortunately, there is no proven road map for achieving success."

The survey gauges not only the frequency of sexual assaults, but the circumstances surrounding them and the factors affecting whether a sailor or Marine reports them.

"The success of this survey, just like our larger efforts to combat sexual assault, depends on the support and contribution of sailors and Marines worldwide," Mabus wrote. "I encourage every sailor and Marine to participate."

He added that commanders and leaders at all levels are expected to encourage their troops to participate as well.

Food for thought:  So this is how the Pentagon chooses to manage the Navy's systemic epidemic of military rape and sexual assault.  By encouraging sailors to "admit" to unlawful exposure to a hostile working environment, which condoms sexual violence against the brave men and women who are already willing to risk their lives in service to our country.  

As a survived victim of military sexual discrimination, former legal advisor and inspector general, there are far better solutions on how to effectively manage the military's equal employment program.  With an advanced degree in management and human resource management, in my view, our veteran's civil rights and humans rights are being violated and not a single member of Congress seems to give a damn!

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