Congress Vows to Crack Down on Military Sexual Assaults

Senate Members Took Military to Task for Skyrocketing Reports of Sexual Assault

Members of the senate reprimanded military officials for their failure in curbing sexual assault. In a meeting held in March, 2013, the senate members did nothing to hide their disgust against sexual assault reports that keep on pouring in.
They were of the opinion that that military’s progress in combating such crimes is unsatisfactory. Furthermore, they said that this incapacity is playing a pivotal role in fostering a negative image of military’s justice system where victims commonly perceive it as uncaring, ineffective and biased.
The panel of senate members heard emotionally devastating accounts of virtually countless victims who believed pursuing justice simply proved to be a fruitless endeavor for them. These victims said that their faith over the military justice system is badly shaken and pleaded with Congress to put a stop to sexual harassment and assault that are pervasive in U.S. armed forces.
An overwhelming amount of sexual assault cases go unreported because victims are often beaten up, especially in instances where the accused has friends enjoying higher ranks. In addition to the emotional trauma, victims are subjected to insults and advised by authorities to just let the matter drop.
Pentagon was baffled by the prevalent abuse of power and corruption that runs in the system and vouched that they were going to take matters in their own hands. The officials said that the authorities should show zero tolerance for such matters because sexual assault is detrimental to the maintenance of order and discipline which are the bedrocks for cohesion.
The disappointing response of the military to sexual assault cases is alarming. Senate members clearly communicated to the military officials that they are falling short of performing their duty. A female army sergeant, Rebekah Havrilla, told the pentagon officials how she was refused justice by the system after being raped by another sergeant in Afghanistan. She suffered from PSTD afterwards and lost all hope when she found out the senior commanders had decided against pursuing her charges.
In a system where partiality and biased judgments are so common, there is little hope left for things to improve. However, senate members have promised to implement a system of justice, one that will be supervised by legal and professional experts. Not by prejudiced commanders who are willing to go to any lengths to protect those working under their wing.

Contact the law firm of Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC if you are accused of an Article 120 sex crime in the military and speak with an experienced military sexual assault lawyer to discuss your options.

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