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  •  I'm talking about sexual abuse cases. (1+ / 0-)
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    legendmn

    The military has proven beyond doubt, that they either don't see it as a problem, or that they're inept at prosecuting the abuse. (I suspect the former) 22 years since Tailhook and still, they FAIL. That's obvious cause for taking those cases out of the hands of the DoD.

    Obviously you have a personal interest and I'm not trying to offend you. As the widow of a vet, I have the greatest respect for the military...just not when it comes to their cavalier attitudes on sexual abuse in the ranks. As the mother of two daughter, I think too many women (primarily, but not exclusively women) are being sexually assaulted with no recourse.

    Almost anything would be preferable to the status quo.

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:36:03 PM PDT

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    •  how so (1+ / 0-)
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      legendmn

      you can't just say proven beyond a doubt, what proves it exactly?

      We've done the following things in the last 6 years or so:

      Established military victim advocates for every unit

      Established civilian victim advocates at every base

      Conduct monthly reviews at the senior base commander level of every reported sexual assault

      I can absolutely tell you that the military often takes cases that the civilian world turns down, and that we take a lot more cases to trial now then we did in the early to mid 2000s.  Cases that I got dismissed early as a young defense counsel are now cases that go to trial now that I am on the government side.

      There is annual training on sexual assault

      The recruits get additional training

      Many of the training installations have gotten rid of giving recruits off-post passes (pass + alcohol equaled a lot of intoxicated victims that got taken advantage of).

      The army has introduced special victim prosecutors at most large basis who are talented and who do nothing but prosecute sexual assault cases

      They've introduced high quality civilian experts, career prosecutors with 1000s of sexual assault cases under their belt to train prosecutors

      So what more do you think needs to be done on the military court/justice side?

    •  as far as inept at prosecuting (1+ / 0-)
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      legendmn

      I ask again, what are the rates in the civilian world?

      Do you think civilian jurisdictions prosecute more cases or less?

      Are their conviction rates higher or lower for similar cases?

      How often do you think date-rape or drunk-rape gets prosecuted in the civilian world versus the military?

      How many breast grabs and other wrongful sexual contacts do you think get prosecuted in the civilian world versus the military?

      I think the answers aren't necessary anti-military.

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