The Accused the Unacknowledged Victim of the Military’s Robust Prosecution of Sexual Assault

The Accused the Unacknowledged Victim of the Military’s Robust Prosecution of Sexual Assault.

This is an excellent read for those in the military, are considering joining or anyone for that matter. Click the link, article starts on page 8, please read this will give you one hell of an education.

What happens to someone accused of a crime? “When military authorities act to dispose of cases, it is important to be mindful that their actions will have profound and significant effects on the life of an accused. When a command contemplates legal action, it ought to remember that our airmen are presumed innocent. Relying on courts-martial to simply placate victims or political causes may bring justice at times but has the real potential to victimize others. In making courts- martial the default arbiter in so many cases, we may be creating conditions where Airmen like SSgt Marks will be dehumanized and disregarded. In an era when victims’ interests and the failures of the Department of Defense to adequately address sexual assault within its ranks are constant messages, perhaps SSgt Marks’s experience will remind us of the traumas suffered by the innocents accused and serve as a caution to those wielding the awesome power to prosecute.” (Major Christopher J. Goewert, USAF)

http://www.afjag.af.mil/shared/media/document/afd-160408-005.pdf

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