Special Victims Counsel

The Special Victims Counsel (SVC) program has introduced another imbalance against the accused in the military justice system. While undoubtedly well-meaning, it disadvantages those accused of sexual assault by limiting or even denying access entirely to witnesses. It also introduces the notion that sexual assault victims are parties to a criminal case, which goes against the principles of both civilian criminal law and military justice. The SVC program already has created issues of UCI in at least one important case involving a general officer prosecuted for sexual assault. It is questionable whether the SVC program needs to exist at all given that a host of other people provide support to reported victims of sexual assault in the military. By creating the SVC apparatus, the military may have created a solution continually in need of a problem to justify its existence. “Defending the Indefensible, Major Mason Weiss”

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