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USNA trying to raise sexual assault awareness

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy is trying to make training about ways to prevent sexual assault part of the regular academic work day.

Capt. Bill Byrne, the commandant of midshipmen, said Wednesday that's a change, because the training has been done at night, during briefings and in role-playing venues outside of classroom hours. He says it's believed the change will improve the training by making it part of the core curriculum.

Byrne says the academy will implement the change for the spring semester.

The program began in 2007 to bring a more structured approach to raising awareness about sexual misconduct by providing 30 hours of training.

A hearing to determine whether three former Navy football players will face a court-martial in a sexual assault case is expected to begin this month.

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