First on CNN: Navy, Marine Corps hope some publicity helps deter sexual assaults
July 18th, 2013
02:07 AM ET

First on CNN: Navy, Marine Corps hope some publicity helps deter sexual assaults

The Navy and Marine Corps will begin publishing their own versions of a sex offenders list as part of an effort to crack down on sexual assaults, CNN has learned.

Both branches will start posting the results of courts-martial, including sexual assault proceedings in the services, on their home pages.

Convictions and acquittals will be listed, according to a Navy official who described the plan to CNN. He declined to be named until it is officially announced.

The Navy, however, does not plan to publish the names of individuals.

“The point is we are trying to track trends and show we are holding people accountable,” the official said. The published information will include the individuals’ military rank, a description of charges, the outcome of the case and punishment.

The list is part of the Navy’s broadening efforts to combat sexual assaults in the ranks.

Roving shore patrols will now begin at all bases where troops live in barracks. The intent, according to the Navy, is to deter behavior in the barracks that could lead to sexual assaults by having a more visible presence of senior enlisted and officer personnel, especially late at night. The Navy has instituted similar patrols in San Diego, where the patrols also visit bars and restaurants to increase that visibility.

Along with the other services, part of the effort has centered around “deglamorizing” alcohol use, as military officials like to say. Officials have long said alcohol has been a factor in many sexual assault cases.

The Navy is also announcing it will tighten the sale of all alcoholic beverages in its stores on bases - many of which are open 24 hours.

Sales will be limited from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Display space in stores might also be limited.

The official announcement of the initiatives is expected later Thursday.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. sabrinammessenger

    Sounds like a start in the right direction.

    July 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  2. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    About time that they did something. The limiting of alcohol is huge. That will really help.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  3. kamarasune

    Its an issue now because of the number of men that are being raped. If it was just women they would continue to sweep it under the rug like they have done for the last 40 years.....

    July 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  4. boungiorno

    SAD WORLD WE LIVE IN YOU ADULTS SHOULD BE ASHAMED WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR! OH!!!!& BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH ON OTHERS YOU MIGHT GET IT YOUR SELF

    July 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  5. George patton

    Let's all hope that something works to deter these heinous assaults on women or even men. This kind of activity should never be considered acceptable anywhere, anytime!!!

    July 18, 2013 at 11:42 am | Reply
  6. John

    I think a quick 'fact check' would be in order – I doubt very seriously that the Navy or Marine Corps are running any (many?) 24 hour stores that sell beer or alcoholic beverages – and most Navy Exchanges and PXs are typically open from no earlier than 0800 and close by 2100 (Oh, that's 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.)

    July 18, 2013 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • SierraEcho

      This is a big deal believe it or not. There are LOTS of 24 hour Navy Exchange Mini Marts as well as Marine Corps Exchange Mini Marts which have been affected by this new ruling. As a night shift Sailor I am no longer able to purchase alcohol after work. We typically leave at 2300 which was fine before since the cut off was 2400. This is a big deterrent to on base activity and should curb some incidents. Aside from the package store which runs normal hours, there are no other military affiliated stores which carry alcohol so the purchases will drop dramatically as a result. Not many of my peers would buy anything before work and will now have to plan things well in advance. Impulse purchases are at the heart of many alcohol related incidences.

      July 18, 2013 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • SierraEcho

      Oh and the smaller area dedicated to alcohol has already happened as well. The selection and availability has been greatly reduced.

      July 18, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply
  7. StanCalif

    CNN TV: STOP this 100% fixation you have on the Zimmerman trial!!! The jury has spoken, get over it!
    Get back to covering more important issues in the world that is going on. Personally, I have had enough of Zimmerman! He acted within the stand your ground laws of Florida, the prosecution presented NO case. Just STOP this!
    I hope I can see something on CNN TV tonight besides Zimmerman!

    July 18, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
    • Kaegro

      This has nothing to do with the child killer.

      July 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Reply
      • StanCalif

        Just had to say this! CNN has no where else to complain about this fixation they are on!

        July 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • Ben

      You mean you couldn't find a page discussing Zimmerman to post this on?

      July 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Reply

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