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The Lack of Convictable Evidence in Military Sexual Assault Cases

Sexual assault in the military has been a problem for years. The Pentagon recently announced 6,236 reports of sexual assault in 2019, up 3 percent from 6,053 in 2018. It is also estimated that only one in four sexually assaulted service members report the crime. At the same time, the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, …

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Fort Hood Review

Reviewing the Report of the Fort Hood Independent Review Board Findings

Under the direction of the Secretary of the Army, the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee (FHIRC) recently conducted a comprehensive assessment of the “Fort Hood command climate and culture and its impact, if any, on the safety, welfare, and readiness of our soldiers and units.” The committee’s report focuses largely on the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response …

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Understanding the MINOR Act

If a juvenile commits sexual assault against another minor on a military installation, who has the jurisdiction to prosecute? The federal government has exclusive legislative jurisdiction on many military installations because these are considered federal properties. As a result, local prosecutors lack the legal authority to apply state juvenile delinquency laws to minors living on …

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NATO SOFA Agreement: between the Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty regarding the Status of their Forces

Understanding the Foreign Military Investigation Process Overseas deployment can be an opportunity to sightsee while abroad. If you’re stationed in a friendly country, you may decide to take leave and travel for a bit. However, as soon as you step foot off the military installation, you could be subject to the jurisdiction of a foreign …

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