Last updated on 09/03/2021
Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2019 – Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan announced in a memo that the Department of Defense has created the Sexual Assault Accountability and Investigation Task Force to investigate the pervasive issue of sexual assault in the military and to improve the processes surrounding it.
Shanahan said that the task force was established out of necessity after the “unacceptable” results of the 2018 Report on Sexual Assault and Harassment in military academies. The task force intends to review policies and processes surrounding sexual assault and make recommendations on how to better them as well as how to protect the rights of the victims of sexual crimes and those accused of them.
“Sexual assault within the military is a terrible problem,” says James G. Fausone, lead attorney at Legal Help for Veterans, and a veteran himself. “Given the devastating effect on the lives of survivors of sexual assault, it is imperative the government address it completely and implement real change to prevent it.”
The task force aims to uphold the integrity of the military justice system and provide improved support to victims of sexual misconduct.
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