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Sexual assault prosecutions should be taken out U.S. military chain of command: panel

PoliticsApr 22, 2021 10:30PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A commission on sexual assault set up by the Pentagon has recommended that the United States military take the decision to prosecute cases of sexual assault out of the military's chain of command, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

If the initial recommendations made by the independent commission are accepted by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, it would be a major change in the military.

Advocates and lawmakers have for years been calling for the military commanders to be taken out of the decision making process when it comes to prosecuting sexual assault cases, arguing that they are inclined to overlook the issue.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Austin had not made a decision yet and would consult with leaders of the different military branches before making one.

"The secretary has asked the services to provide their candid assessment and feedback of these initial recommendations by the end of May," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby (NYSE:KEX) said.

In March, the head of the commission, Lynn Rosenthal, said that all options were on the table when dealing with sexual assault in the military.

Sexual assault and harassment in the U.S. military is largely under-reported and came under renewed scrutiny recently.

Last year, an investigative panel looking into violent crimes and abuse at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas said it found a command structure that was "permissive" of sexual assaults.

Sexual assault prosecutions should be taken out U.S. military chain of command: panel
 

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Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Apr 23, 2021 2:01AM ET
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Japan, korea, etc had to set up brothels for usa mil to reduce the sexual assults on their population. Perhaps legalize prostitution will cure the problem?
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 23, 2021 1:51AM ET
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Yes, we need more lawyers.
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 23, 2021 12:51AM ET
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well where is Epstein investigation? and Hunter?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 23, 2021 12:51AM ET
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good question, maybe you should ask Trump's Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, since he was the US Attorney negotiated a plea bargain with Epstein in the first place, halting investigations, giving Epstein immunity and sealed the indictment......I bet you didn't read that on those Q websites did you?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 23, 2021 12:51AM ET
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Donald Trump, 2002:   "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side."
Tony Coll
Tony Coll Apr 23, 2021 12:51AM ET
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Tre Hsi man you are OBSESSED with Trump. Nobody cares about him as much as you, and I imagine he's the last person you think about before bed. This man didn't even mention Trump, and yet he's the first person to pop into your mind. The more people like yourself that keep reiterating his name, the more power you'll give him... so keep it up!
Frank Taylor
Frank Taylor Apr 22, 2021 11:35PM ET
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haa, where would Bill Clinton be without a permissive sexual assault culture in the higher levels of government.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 22, 2021 11:35PM ET
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in the same party with The Donald, Prince Edward and Epstein
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 22, 2021 11:35PM ET
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Receiving a BJ from a willing adult intern is hardly sexual assault. Immoral? Maybe. Was he guilty of lying about it? Yes. But it was not assault.
 
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