Military Justice: Oversight and Better Collaboration Needed for Sexual Assault Investigations and Adjudications

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The crime of sexual assault has serious consequences for both the aggrieved and the accused. The severity of these consequences underscores the importance of impartially administering justice in order to promote accountability and confidence that such allegations are taken seriously. GAO was asked to address the extent to which (1) the Department of Defense (DOD) conducts oversight of the military services' investigative organizations and (2) the services provide resources for investigations and adjudications of alleged sexual assault incidents. GAO also identified an issue relating to the ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. June 22, 2011.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The crime of sexual assault has serious consequences for both the aggrieved and the accused. The severity of these consequences underscores the importance of impartially administering justice in order to promote accountability and confidence that such allegations are taken seriously. GAO was asked to address the extent to which (1) the Department of Defense (DOD) conducts oversight of the military services' investigative organizations and (2) the services provide resources for investigations and adjudications of alleged sexual assault incidents. GAO also identified an issue relating to the military's criminal code during this review. GAO analyzed relevant DOD and service policies and procedures; reviewed applicable laws, including provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice; and interviewed senior DOD and service officials, including a total of 48 judge advocates and DOD civilian lawyers, at the headquarters level and at five selected military installations."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Military Justice: Oversight and Better Collaboration Needed for Sexual Assault Investigations and Adjudications, report, June 22, 2011; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc301694/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.