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Military eyes child sex-assault solution without Congress

[tampabay.com 5/8/18]

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials have sought to ward off congressional efforts to address child-on-child sexual assaults on bases, even as they disclose that the problem is larger than previously acknowledged.

Members of Congress expressed alarm and demanded answers after an Associated Press investigation revealed that reports of sexual violence among kids on U.S. military bases and at Pentagon-run schools are getting lost in a dead zone of justice that often leaves both victim and offender without help.

With at least three potential legislative fixes being drafted, military officials have had a clear message during briefings with lawmakers and their staffs: We can handle this on our own. It’s a strategy that began months ago, after the Pentagon received AP’s questions and well before officials understood the scope or severity of the problem.

In March, AP documented nearly 600 sex assault cases among children and teens on U.S. bases worldwide over a 10-year period. Army criminal investigators have now added another 86 investigations to the 223 they initially disclosed. The revision came after AP challenged data that suggested major installations in several states and overseas had no or only a few such sexual assault cases.

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DoD wants to get ahead of this before Congress will because Congress will make their life miserable as seen by their efforts to reform the UCMJ, etc recently to take on the military sex assault issue. It has lead to a lot of suspect military justice being dealt with such a cloud hanging overhead. The military is a microcosm of society unfortunately.

The military member can be tried downtown then retried in military court if found not guilty initially. The military member can be found guilty in a military court by less than unanimous jury voting, e.g. minimum 2/3 guilty vote now with 3/4 becoming the law Jan 1, 2019.

Problem is Army CID, et al, can only do so much investigating and it is not necessarily going to get any better if the civilians take over. There are Title I vs III differences.

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