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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy is encouraging all sailors, Marines, and affiliated civilians to participate in an online sexual assault survey.

The Department of the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office launched the survey last week. Its purpose is to determine the effectiveness of the prevention program and to gauge the scope of assaults within the Navy, according to a news release.

The anonymous survey is scheduled to end Sept. 30, the release said.

“The Secretary [of the Navy] and I are committed to preventing sexual assaults in our Navy and Marine Corps,” Jill Loftus, director of the office, said in the release.. “This means reducing their frequency, if not eliminating them entirely.”

Studies have shown in the past that approximately 1 percent of Navy women are raped each year and another 3 to 4 percent experience some form of sexual assault, according to the release.

“Our cumulative sexual assault victim intervention/prevention and response program efforts do not appear to have changed these risks,” Loftus said. “Our core values demand that we find new ways to do better. This will not be easy or quick, and there is no tried-and-true formula for success.”

The survey is at www.donsapro.navy.mil/survey.html.

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