BY TINA SFONDELES
As the rising number of sexual assaults in the military returns to the national spotlight, Midwest Navy officials say they’re beginning to buck the trend thanks to a targeted awareness and victim support program at the Great Lakes Naval Base.
The pilot program, which began in 2010 has led to a drop in reported assaults, Navy officials say. Under the program, sailors are learning how to intervene as bystanders, even if it means confronting a fellow sailor or telling a bartender to stop serving someone harassing another sailor.
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