Prosecuting Military Sexual Assault Cases
For years the Pentagon has been criticized for not doing a better job of reducing sexual assaults in its corps. There were about 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault in the military last year. That's up 37 percent from the previous year - according to the Pentagon's own report. Yesterday U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand won the backing of two conservative Republicans for her proposal, which would remove sexual assault cases from the chain of command. A rival plan would allow commanders to keep their power to decide which cases to prosecute. A discussion on how to address sexual assault charges in the military.
U.S. Senator, New York (D).
executive director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law; he served for 34 years as an Air Force lawyer.
defense editor at Politico.
D.C. lawyer representing military rape victims.