Sexual Assaults Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ): Selected Legislative Proposals [September 6, 2013] [open pdf - 305KB]
"Widely publicized allegations of sexual assault in the military have led to questions on how the military pursues claims of sexual misconduct. Recent high-profile military justice issues include dismissal of charges by setting aside findings in an Aviano court-martial related to sexual offenses; alleged sexual assault of a civilian by an officer serving as the Chief of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Branch at the Pentagon; and sexual assaults by instructors on recruits and tech school trainees at Lackland Air Force Base. These incidents have raised questions regarding how allegations of sexual assault are addressed by the chain of command, the authority and process to convene a court-martial, and the ability of the convening authority to provide clemency to a servicemember convicted of an offense."
CRS Report for Congress, R43213