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It will be a role-play, scripted performance through avatars

The U.S. Navy has been looking for ways prevent sexual assault within the military, and it landed on the idea of using video game avatars. 

The Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) has decided to employ a video game company to create avatar-based sexual assault training for sailors in the U.S. Navy. The training aims to protect sailors (mostly women) from sexual advances from others, and helps them learn how to deal with these issues if they arise. 

NAVSUP is paying game and animation company Organic Motion Inc. a total of $83,000 to develop the training system. That's $23,000 for computer hardware, $16,000 for each avatar and script and $4,500 each for two training sessions. 

Organic Motion will be bringing its Live Interactive Virtual Environment (LIVE) software to the table, which will allow sailors to create holograms that they can roleplay with. It uses advanced motion capture technology to take a sailor's scripted performance and turn it into projected character animation in real time. 

It works by creating three avatars, where each represents a Navy recruit playing in the game. Each will also be assigned a script written by Organic Motion and the Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), which they must act out. The avatars will perform these verbal and non-verbal cues with the other avatars as a way of showing appropriate and inappropriate ways to handle a sexual assault.  

Organic Motion will launch a pilot program for the avatar training system over a three-month period, where Recruit Division Commanders (RDCs) -- who train Navy recruits -- will learn the software in order to teach it to recruits. 

"I believe that an avatar-based system will dramatically improve the overall quality of training provided to our instructors and students," said Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, commander, Naval Training Command. "In concept, an avatar-based system can be created with such remarkable realism that it suspends the disbelief of the participant, thus enabling more realistic role-play scenarios that are commonly used to instruct interpersonal skills."

"The pilot is intended to show that avatar technology can help leaders recognize emotional distress and build mentorship and counseling skills when dealing with sensitive topics, like sexual assault. Because our people are the foundation of our success in the Navy, strong interpersonal skills are fundamental to our profession."

The contract for the avatars was awarded on July 19, and the first avatar must be developed within 25 days of the award date. The third avatar and script must be sent online within 90 days.

Just last month, the House of Representatives passed a $638 billion defense bill that includes punishments for members of the armed services found guilty of rape or sexual assault. It requires a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for those convicted, and higher rank officers found guilty would be dismissed of their positions. Furthermore, military commanders would not be able to overturn convictions in rape and sexual assault cases.

Here's a demo of Live Interactive Virtual Environment (LIVE) software in action. This particular demo showcases a number of scenarios including an armed terrorist situation:

Source: CNS News

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Brilliant Concept
By Reclaimer77 on 7/26/2013 7:54:58 PM , Rating: -1
I have a brilliant plan for stopping sexual assault in the Navy. It's called don't let women serve in the Navy.

I know it's a radical non-PC concept, but when you have men crammed together with no sexual outlets, and then toss the opposite sex into the mix, you're asking for trouble.

Yeah yeah call me names and vote me down. Look, in a perfect world we could have a unisex military. In this one, it just makes for more problems.

RE: Brilliant Concept
By BSquared on 7/26/2013 9:47:14 PM , Rating: 1
Or yanno...they could just not rape women? Saying it's asking for trouble, is akin to saying that men by nature will rape. So now women should worry about going to any male dominated situation because apparently there should be tons of raping going on there, considering the aforementioned scenario.

I understand the generalization given, but that in itself is part of the problem. The evolving rape culture in this country counts on people thinking that it's just how things are. When it shouldn't be, nor is it really.

RE: Brilliant Concept
By Reclaimer77 on 7/27/2013 1:24:33 AM , Rating: 1
Or yanno...they could just not rape women?

WOW!!! That just blew my mind. Holy shit man, I have to send that to the Navy right away. I'm sure nobody even considered the whole "don't rape" strategy!

Thank god you are here to tell us this stuff. I'm sure all they have to do now is put a few "no rape allowed" signs up, and the problem will be eliminated 100%.

So let me get this straight, you're saying that suddenly now in 2013, rape is wrong and shouldn't happen? Goddamn, why does nobody else know that yet!!?? We better spread the word brother.

RE: Brilliant Concept
By Manch on 7/27/2013 8:17:04 AM , Rating: 1
men by nature will rape & asking for it

Some in our military believe these absurdities. I just attended a SARC breifing a few weeks ago. The Officer giving the breif said; Good thing General Order No#1(no drinking) is in effect, otherwise there would be sexual assaults".

So basically in combination with alcohol, we apparently release our inner rapist.

His comment is extremely fucking insulting to just generalize all of us like that.

In regards to asking for it, it was phrased as "You shouldnt put yourself into that situation."

No one asks for it, nor do they put themselves in that situation. Thats like saying Having a nice car or house is asking to be robbed

We have not had any sexual assaults here, and there are women here. There are a host of other countries here that do drink and there have not been any assaults.

The simple truth is our armed forces is a representative slice of America. We have people from all walks of life. Unfortunately that includes people that murder, rape, steal, etc just like the rest of the world. The best we can do is to look out for each other and punish those who would do something so heinous.

As far as removing females from ships. It would eliminate women getting assaulted on ships but those same sick fucks would just assault women when they were off the ship. There would also still be instances where guys get raped by other guys. It does happen, not as much as male on female, but it does exist.

As far as the videogame goes, thats just stupid.

RE: Brilliant Concept
By bigboxes on 7/26/2013 11:54:01 PM , Rating: 2
In response to a muslim who told me that women needed to keep covered to not tempt men I told him that maybe men needed to keep themselves covered. Blaming the victim for "asking for it" has got to change. Jeez Reclaimer. This is the 21st century. I was in the Navy and never raped anyone. It's the same as in the civilian world. Can't rape co-workers at work just because you are "crammed together". LOL. The 50's called and they want their sexist attitude back.

RE: Brilliant Concept
By Reclaimer77 on 7/27/13, Rating: -1
RE: Brilliant Concept
By bigboxes on 7/27/2013 1:20:30 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry I couldn't have raped somebody while I was in the Navy to help prove your point. As far as being pc, give me a break. Maybe you're just a sexist. I've worked with female co-workers in the Navy and civilian life without raping them. If I ever caught one my shipmates raping a fellow shipmate I would never say, "Guess you shouldn't have worked with a bunch of horny men on a ship!" No, I would have kicked his raping @ss and then testified before a court martial as to why this sh!thead should be dishonorably discharged and then sent to Leavenworth.

Maybe you don't respect women, but I do. On my ship, my ranking PO was a woman, as was the Master-At-Arms and the Executive Officer. Times change and guess what? You can no longer get away with raping your female co-workers just because you are in the military. Let me know how that defense works for you when you say, "Your honor, I raped her because I was horny and crammed in a cubicle." Enjoy your cell with Tyrone.

RE: Brilliant Concept
By Reclaimer77 on 7/27/2013 1:35:16 AM , Rating: 1
I've worked with female co-workers in the Navy and civilian life without raping them.

Why do you persist on making this point? You're making it sound like I'm saying the Navy is just full of rape-minded savages.

See? All you want to do is get on your soapbox, insult me, call me sexist, and make comments that take me wildly out of context.

All the while ignoring that the Navy, obviously, has a serious issue on their hands. Come on, video games are going to eliminate sexual assaults?

Maybe you don't respect women, but I do.

Bla bla bla. How's the view from up there looking down on everyone? Are you just using this as an opportunity to make yourself feel so much more superior than me, or are we going to tackle some real issues here?

RE: Brilliant Concept
By conq on 7/29/2013 8:49:02 AM , Rating: 2
I'm optimistically confident a lion's share majority of those in the military would agree with you. But it takes far less than <<1% in the military to create a scandal and commit 1000's of crimes. To make matters worse, those in command are taking far too much liberty in excusing the perpetrators which just exacerbates the problem. Honestly those commanders should face harsh punishment just as well for "sponsoring" the crimes.

and I think this game avatar crap is nonsense...

RE: Brilliant Concept
By maugrimtr on 7/30/13, Rating: 0
RE: Brilliant Concept
By hifloor on 7/28/2013 2:22:34 AM , Rating: 2
Good sweet christ, you really are a fucking idiot. Not that I didn't know it before, but you're really busting out some new facets today.

And how is it they're just now breaking out punishment for rape in the military now? And two fucking years? How about, if you're in the military and you get convicted of rape, you get stripped of all rank, dishonorably discharged, and at least twenty years minimum (and booted first so you end up in a real prison, not some military brig)?

The military is supposed to be held to a higher standard. Thanks to 10+ years of illegal war no one wanted, they've had to lower those standards to the point that it's become 'too stupid to hold down a job in the civilian world? Here's a gun, go kill some brown people.'

If the military can't get people that can control themselves, maybe the problem is the military and its leadership. Maybe the better answer is the military needs to get off its ass and screen out the people who are going to rape or go on rampages slaughtering civilians (in lands foreign or otherwise).

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