Recently reported statistics regarding sexual assault in the military are being both applauded and commented upon with marked condemnation.
Once again, the Rand Corp., a global research group retained by the Pentagon to conduct a massive survey on sexual assault within the military, features in one of our blog posts. We referenced the organization and the ire of some participants concerning the wording and tone of some of the survey questions in our November 14 blog entry.
To gain important data about the prevalence of sexual assault in the American military, close to 560,000 military service members were asked to complete a questionnaire this year.
So, reports of alleged sexual assaults in the U.S. Army have recently skyrocketed in the European theater, and that’s a positive development?
How do you gauge issues of concern -- especially illegal sex-related activities -- in the military?
The Navy captain in charge of preventing and responding to sexual assault incidents within Fleet Force Command recently offered some insight into the kinds of cases he often sees. Referring to claims brought in the last few years, Navy Captain Chuck Marks said that sexual assault involving unknown assailants is uncommon, as are situations involving officers who have allegedly assaulted lower-ranking sailors.
District of Colombia readers may wish to note that a Coast Guard petty officer has recently been convicted after facing charges for sexual assault. These charges stem from incidents where the man supposedly filmed and recorded women as they were having medical tests performed. In addition to sexual assault, he was also convicted of tricking women into having medical tests done that were not necessary. The women affected by these actions included military personnel and civilians.
A military criminal case that is now at the appellate level presents intriguing questions about the suppression of evidence and a defendant’s right to present a defense.
A military prosecuting attorney calls the U.S. Coast Guard member he is seeking to convict on charges of assault and rape a "man on a mission" to harm his alleged victim.
As evidenced by numerous polls and legislative action taken in many states, there is a clear uptick in the number of Americans nationally who now favor legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use.