As part of boot camp, the Navy has begun training recruits on preventing sexual harassment and sexual assault. According to The New York Times, the Navy has already seen a 60% decline in sexual assaults after beginning the sexual harassment/assault prevention initiative as part of a pilot project at the Navy’s Great Lakes naval station. The initiative includes a two-hour sexual harassment/abuse prevention course, which discusses, among other things, the effects of alcohol. The initiative includes not only this two-hour sexual harassment/assault training but also videotapes, counseling, and other tools to raise awareness.
The Navy is now expanding the pilot project to its other bases.
More proof that a good sexual harassment prevention program works! While one might wish this program started even earlier and while it will take the military some time to change its culture, at least the Navy is now off to a good start.