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Military Looks to BU for Sexual Assault Prevention

VESTAL -- Binghamton University could become a model for preventing sexual assault in the military.

Representatives from the US Department of Defense are visiting the school this week to learn more about the school's "20 to 1" Sexual Assault Prevention program.

The program caught their attention for being peer-based. Officials say there are over 3,000 reports of sexual assault per year in the military.

Mary Reinwald, Deputy Director of the DOD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, said, " ...looking to borrow Binghamton, specifically the peer to peer. We also hope to have an interactive relationship with them and provide them with some assistance along the way. That could be some of our research we can share..because we recognize in the DOD - this is not a DOD problem, its a problem throughout our culture."

The Department of Defense officials will also research sexual assault programs at other schools.

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