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Panel Wants Independent Investigations of Military Sexual Assault, Harassment Cases

A special panel reviewing Department of Defense policy has opens in a new windowrecommended that investigations into sexual assault and harassment in the military be moved away from commanding officers and handled by independent judge advocates. This decision announced last week represents a major change in long-carried practices in the armed forces as an attempt to stop rising cases of sexual misbehavior. Over 20,000 service members report being victims of some form of sexual assault in 2019, up 37 percent from two years prior. While overseas operations in Afghanistan are winding down, the military has increasingly struggled to retain female servicemembers, who have made up over three-fifths of the reported assault victims.

With the new presidential administration and shift in Senate control has come a new urgency into seeking reforms in the armed forces. The convened panel made this announcement just 30 days into their allotted 90-day window. The panel has been led by the Executive Office of the President, while previous studies have mainly featured Pentagon personnel. Congressional chairs point out that oftentimes complaints filed do not result in actions like court-martials or convictions. The commission has also been charged with finding ways to reform the military culture and improve the care and support offered to assault victims.

It can feel impossible to try to process a sexual assault and move forward in life. Not having anyone believe you or offer to help resolve the attack only makes things worse. It helps to have an experienced ally at your side. The opens in a new windowsexual abuse lawyers at opens in a new windowACTS Law can help process the trauma, pursue the best course of action, and will fight to get all the justice and benefits you deserve. Call today at opens in a new window833-ACTS-LAWopens phone dialer or opens in a new windowcontact us online for a free consultation. With offices in Los Angeles and San Diego, we are proud to serve the southern California community.

Posted on April 27, 2021josegramajo
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