President Joe Biden wants to remove military commanders from the process of investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases.
The move would be a major change in the way the military deals with sex crimes, which currently fall under the normal chain of command. An independent commission and Biden’s Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin have both approved assigning cases to special prosecutors who can operate independently of the military hierarchy.
“Sexual assault is an abuse of power and an affront to our common humanity,” Mr. Biden said, according to the New York Times. “And sexual assault in the military is doubly damaging because it also destroys the unity and cohesion that is essential to the functioning of the US military and our national defense.”
Congress is expected to pass a new one to change military procedures.
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