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Navy Modifies Sexual Assault Reporting Procedures

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Story Number: NNS100126-03
Release Date: 1/26/2010 4:06:00 PM

From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy announced new requirements Jan. 26 for commands reporting sexual assault.

Updated sexual assault reporting policy requires commanders to consult with a judge advocate general officer in any alleged sexual assault or sexual harassment case.

Additionally, commands must now reference the date/time groups of related reports when filing follow-up reports. Complete guidance is available in OPNAV Instruction 1752.1B.

"Sexual assault is a safety and readiness issue that requires the attention, focus and awareness of all commanders. It is an affront to our Navy core values and ethos and cannot be tolerated," said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, to Navy leaders.

In 2009, the Navy renamed the Sexual Assault Victim Intervention program to Sexual Assault Prevention and Response to align with the mission of the program, underlining the importance of both prevention and response.

"Prevention requires proactive leadership involvement to shift from a reactive to proactive mentality," said Ferguson. He stressed the need for leaders to review the instruction and comply with its requirements.

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