Prosecuting Military Sexual Assault Cases

Prosecuting Military Sexual Assault Cases

A proposal in Congress to create a new system for prosecuting military sexual assault crimes is gaining ground. Efforts to remove the chain of command from 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.


Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senator, New York (D).

Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap Jr. (ret.)

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.

Philip Ewing

defense editor at Politico.

Susan Burke

D.C. lawyer representing military rape victims.

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