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AP EXCLUSIVE: Explicit questions in the military's sexual-assault survey trigger complaints

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, Nate Galbreath, Senior Executive Adviser for the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), leaves a news conference at the Pentagon. Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands were asked to complete. The survey is conducted every two years, but this year’s version, developed by the Rand Corp., includes three pages of questions that detail numerous sexual acts. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, Nate Galbreath, Senior Executive Adviser for the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), leaves a news conference at the Pentagon. Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands were asked to complete. The survey is conducted every two years, but this year’s version, developed by the Rand Corp., includes three pages of questions that detail numerous sexual acts. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)  (The Associated Press)

Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about the military's new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands were asked to complete.

The survey is conducted every two years, but this year's three-page version, developed by the Rand Corp., is unusually detailed, including questions on numerous sexual acts.

The Defense Department said it made the survey more explicit in order to get more accurate results, as the military struggles to reduce the number of sexual assaults while also encouraging victims to come forward to get help.

Military members who filled out the survey told The Associated Press that they were surprised and offended at the questions. Some said they felt re-victimized by the blunt language. Pentagon officials confirm that they have received complaints.