The Military Needs A New Way to Handle Sexual Assault

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With more than 60 Democratic and Republican votes pending, the Senate is ready to cast new votes invoice This would change the way the military deals with sexual assault and other crimes committed by service members. The new law, sponsored by Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), would assign decision-making in cases of sexual assault and a variety of other crimes, including some hate crimes, to a specially trained team of people uniformed prosecutors. While the bill will indeed divert the military from its outdated practice of allowing commanders to choose whether to prosecute their own officers and soldiers for sexual assault, it amazes me that it is still allowed to pursue one’s own Treating violent crimes rather than having them dealt with through our criminal justice system.

Why should our troops enjoy such a protective status as if they existed in a reality separate from the rest of society? Probably, in those years, the face of America was actually militarized, whether we like it or not. After all, we’ve just lived through two decades of endless American-style war and wasted significantly more than that $ 6.4 trillion, more than 7,000 uniformed livesand scores of Health- and Security related Opportunity costs.

In the meantime it’s done Years So that the public and members of Congress realize that what matters is how the military treats its own – and the civilians with whom they interact. (After all, many crimes against civilians by such workers, both domestically and internationally, are prosecuted within the military justice system.) It has taken so long for this congress to bipartisan support of even such a shy bill, and few die think so Asking whether crimes committed by American soldiers should be prosecuted within the military suggests one thing: we are far from taking responsibility for those who do so kill, mutilateand rape on all of our names.

I am a military spouse. My husband has been an officer in the US Navy for 18 years. During the decade we were together, he served on two different submarines and in three jobs with the Department of Defense and other federal employees in Washington.

Our family has been very lucky in many ways. We have double incomes that give us privileges that the majority of Americans, let alone military families, don’t have, including the ability to seek health care providers outside of the decrepit military Health system. All of this is just my way of saying that when I criticize the military and my experience in it, I remember that others have suffered so much more than my family.


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