U.S. Navy Aims to Prevent Sexual Assault Through Video Game Avatars
July 26, 2013 11:28 AM
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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:
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RE: Brilliant Concept
7/26/2013 9:47:14 PM
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
7/27/2013 1:24:33 AM
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
7/27/2013 8:17:04 AM
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.
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