Recent Posts in Sexual Assault Category

Trial begins Monday for Air Force Academy cadet charged with sexual abuse

Last Wednesday, the Air Force Academy announced Court-martial proceedings for Cadet 2 nd Class Zachery Chubb are scheduled to begin Monday, February 29. Chubb was charged with with sexual assault last ...
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Senators Demand Transparency in the Military Justice System, Call on Carter to Lift the 'Cloak of Secrecy'

Last month, the Associated Press published a detailed investigation that highlighted flaws in the military justice system's current record databank, or lack thereof. In response, 3 U.S. senators ...
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Sexual Assault Case Draws Widespread Criticism of Military Justice System

A military sexual assault case that began in 2012 has finally come to an end, but not without first stirring a wave of controversy and debate. Last week, Senior Airman Brandon T. Wright was found not ...
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Frankel fights for military victims of sexual assault

Last week, a panel of civilians and military personnel, both lawyer and non-lawyer, met behind closed doors at the Capitol to hear testimony from Elisha Morrow and Congresswoman Lois Frankel, D-Fla. ...
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Recently expanded "rape shield" law tested in Air Force cadet sexual assault case

On Tuesday, contentions over pretrial evidentiary issues delayed the court martial of an Air Force cadet charged with sexually assaulting a female classmate. The cadet charged in the court martial is ...
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Missing Tech. Sgt. Returned To Face Trial

On June 5, three days before his court martial was scheduled to begin, Tech. Sgt. David Helm went missing. Helm, 35, was set to face sexual assault charges against two people, including a minor, ...
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Three Sailors in the U.S. Navy Court Martialed For Sexual Misconduct

In the most recent scandal to rock our nations' military, three sailors in the U.S. Navy have been court martialed for sexual misconduct. The charges stem from allegations that the accused ...
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Proposed Legislation Would Create Military Sex Offender Registry

Last Friday, May 15, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation directing the Department of Defense to create a national online registry for convicted sex-offenders within the military ...
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Marine Corps Wants Bestselling Newspaper Gone from Storefronts

Marine Corps leaders have ordered base exchange stores worldwide to remove Marine Corps Times from the front of all stores – near checkout lines – and place the newspaper in the back. The ...
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AP Acquisition of Sexual Assault Records Spurs Controversy

The Associated Press recently obtained over 1,000 internal Department of Defense records through the Freedom of Information Act, causing a wave of political debate to ensue. These military records, ...
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McCaskill, Gillibrand React to Panel Report

Last week, the Role of the Commander subcommittee released a report strongly advocating that military commanders retain their control in sexual assault cases. The committee supported such ...
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Miller Denies Succumbing to Political Pressure in Sexual Assault Cases

In 2012, controversial allegations surfaced implicating three U.S. Naval Academy students. Specifically, the complaint alleged that three midshipmen – Josh Tate, Eric Graham and Tra'ves Bush ...
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Gillibrand and Boxer Lead Fight to Change Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions

Much to the Pentagon's disapproval, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is taking steps to remove sexual assault prosecution from the usual military chain of command by attempting to amend the 2014 ...
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U.S Senators Continue to Weigh In on Military Sexual Assault

This past May, the Pentagon released a survey revealing that 26,000 U.S. military service members had been sexually assaulted within the past year. Since that report, national media, U.S. Senators, ...
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4th Circuit Shuts Down Sexual Assault Complaint Against Rumsfeld and Gates

The 2011 landmark lawsuit alleging that former defense secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates fostered a rapist-friendly, victim-hostile military culture was once again shut down last week. ...
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Air Force Paves Way in Sexual Assault Reform

The Air Force has taken major strides to combat sexual assault within the ranks in the form of two recent initiatives: (1) Airmen who are convicted of sexual assault will now be automatically ...
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Obama on Sexual Assault in the Military: How 73 Words May Have Changed Everything

"Sexual assault is an outrage; it is a crime. And if it's happening inside our military, then whoever carries it out is betraying the uniform that they're wearing. So I don't want ...
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