(LibertySociety.com) – In 2020, the Defense Department reported 7,825 sexual assaults during the 2019 fiscal year involving military members either as subjects or victims. One of the most persistent problems in the military regarding these types of assaults is how few of the suspects are ever prosecuted. The new Defense Secretary could help change that, though.
This new report outlines risk factors for sexual assault and harassment in the U.S. military and offers recommendations for how the Department of Defense can use these findings to modify programs and trainings that address sexual assault and harassment: https://t.co/2LIatjifSd
— RAND Corporation (@RANDCorporation) May 28, 2021
On Wednesday, June 2, John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, told reporters that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is reviewing information to decide whether to change how the DOD prosecutes sex crimes. In April, an independent commission recommended that commanders should no longer determine who faces prosecution. Instead, they favored the appointment of a special military prosecutor to undertake the task.
Kirby said Austin could decide to have “additional conversations” with people in and outside of the military “as he comes to his own conclusions.” In May, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Senate and House showed their support for changing how the military handles the crimes. The press secretary told the press that there’s no timeline for the decision.
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