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Navy launches new video series on preventing sex assaults

The Navy on Wednesday launched a new series of videos aimed at preventing sexual assaults in the fleet.

The first video profiles a young woman who said she fell asleep on the couch at a friend’s house after a party and awoke to find another sailor on top of her, assaulting her.

“I remember just completely freezing,” Petty Officer 1st Class Bonnie McCammond said in the video.

McCammond said she had been trained and served as a sexual assault victim intervention advocate, but when it happened to her, she didn’t know what to do.

“This is something I’m supposed to be able to handle, and in the moment, I couldn’t handle it at all,” she said. “I didn’t want anybody to know.”

Along with the video, the Navy’s top uniformed sexual assault prevention officer published a blog post about the series. Each video will profile a person affected in some way by sexual assault, whether they were victims, victim advocates or commanders, Rear Adm. Sean Buck said in the blog post.

The videos show that everyone in a command is affected by a sexual assault, and illustrate “why it’s so important to step up for your shipmates,” Buck said.

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