Should we remove military chain of command from military sexual assault cases?
I do not know/other
Military Sexual Assault Bill Could Remove Chain Of Command From Legal Process | Texas Public Radio
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, filed the bill to change the way the military investigates sexual assault. The bill removes commanders from the decisions on whether sexual assault cases should be investigated and prosecuted. The companion legislation did not make it to committee in the House.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco, who visited Lackland at the height of the sexual assault investigation, said of the 60-plus victims of sexual assault, the number reporting to their commanders was zero.
"The only way this has ever seen the light of day was when two MTIs (military training instructors) had had enough and took it to the chain of command and the chain of command said, 'You know, he's such a good guy, that couldn't possibly be true.' And was about to dismiss it. It wasn't until a third MTI went out of the chain of command to the chaplain and reported it. Then they thought, 'Well, maybe we should look into this.'" Speier said.
Chuck Parrish of Protect Our Defenders, a non-profit organization formed to advocate for military sexual assault victims who feared reprisal for reporting sex crimes, said 26,000 service members are attacked every year at a rate that is five times that of civilian offenses.
Parrish said he believes Congress must intervene and mandate a professional, unbiased justice system in the military.
I say yes.There should be an unbiased 3rd party that could care less about the alleged victim's and alleged assailant's rank that investigates these cases. I would also like to see it apply to other crimes too. I do not know if these numbers of alleged unreported sexual assault cases are true or if its just some attempt to smear the miltiary.I do not care. I do know that when I was in the Army a person integrity or credibility was based on rank.Basically the soldier with higher rank was believed more than the lower ranking soldier.