Hand to Hand Combat Gone Too Far!
by zachary.torain on February 17, 2014 - 11:45pm
Sexual assault has been a growing problem in the US military. Thanks to the efforts of each branch of the military, the cases are being handled properly. Over the years sexual assault would occur and be reported, but no one would bat an eye. They would even try to sweep it under the rug as if it had not happened! Because it is becoming such a problem, the cases are now seeing the light. In the article Executive Branch Response to Sexual Assault (2013), the US Department of Defense (DoD) has been trying its best to solve this problem. They have gone through and researched the sexual assault cases in each branch of the military and have come up with solutions to this heinous crime. They have created a legal assistance program in each service branch, so that each victim can get the adequate representation throughout the judicial process. Each sexual assault investigation is regularly assessed by the DoD’s inspector. Also to honor the rights of both the victims and the accused, the commanders have the option to reassign or move a member who is incriminated of sexual assault out of their respective unit. Ultimately, with all of the effort put into the sexual assault cases, the victims will be protected legally and will undergo a fair trial.
Being in the Senior ROTC program here at SUNY Brockport and aspiring to become an officer in the United States Army, I agree with the efforts of the DoD. Although it has taken some time, the military is on the right path to get back to its values and what it believes in with this approach to the sexual assault dilemma. I believe for anyone who is sexually assaulted, it would be difficult to report it and even more so in the military because of its structure. With what the DoD is proposing, the victim would not have to worry because their case will be handled professionally in every aspect of the process. This will also help remove the other disgraceful personnel from the military for their crimes. In due time, the sexual assault rate in the military will reduce to be very minute and the US military can return to its high stature.
Executive Branch Response to Sexual Assault Reports. (2013). Congressional Digest, 92(8), 2-34.