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Navy Testing App to Curb Sexual Assaults

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By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 09:31 PM

The U.S. Navy is investing $150,000 in a cell phone app pilot program it hopes will help prevent sexual assault between men and women in its ranks.

According to Quartz, the app is called LiveSafe and was originally intended to help prevent gun violence on college campuses. The app allows its almost 10 million users to report tips about potential crimes on college and corporate campuses.

Now the Navy is doing a six-month trial among sailors to see if it can help prevent sexual violence.

A 2015 Department of Defense study found that 85 percent of sexual assaults that occurred in 2014 among members of the military were not reported.

"The best tips that we get are the ones that say 'this is probably nothing but …'" LiveSafe CEO Carolyn Parent told Quartz. "If they didn't have the anonymity or the ease of mobile app, they wouldn't have shared the information."

A recent New York Times report also showed that sexual assault is rampant in Canada's armed forces, with more than a quarter of women saying they were victims during their military careers.

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