But yeah, every rape case I've been involved with where the assaulter was found to be guilty of his crime is still
sitting in Leavenworth, for what it's worth. And they have a miserable life of poor job prospects ahead of them. They receive a far worse punishment than civilians found guilty do.
To be honest, I'd rather face the firing squad than a dishonorable discharge. That'd be taking the most important part of my life and cutting it out like a tumor, I'd be so damn dishonored
I'd rather just die.
The problem here is twofold: On the one hand you have the investigative process. Proving a rape is very
hard, if not impossible, and nobody wants to convict someone of rape(especially in the military, with the heinous punishment we give soldiers actually convicted of it) without absolute evidence in the form of DNA or some other type of evidence that cannot be disproved.
That ties into the second problem, which is a common problem in the civilian world: Reporting rates. If the victims don't come forward and report these assaults, or they wait a long period of time before they do report them, all chances of such incontrovertible evidence are dust in the wind. All the convictions I've seen have been a result of a female being raped, and almost immediately
going to the IG, JAG, Military Police, Military Investigative Office, Chaplains Office, or one of our numerous
anonymous third party organizations we run sexual assault reporting through, and then promptly letting a doctor examine them with a rape kit. Now I'm not
saying it's a soldiers fault if she is raped and doesn't report it, simply that it really binds the hands of the people out for justice afterwards. If we don't know, we can't investigate, and if you wait too long before reporting it, we can't get evidence. In both instances, there is no conviction. This is the biggest problem with rape cases in both the civilian world and the military world. We're actually better
at solving our rape cases than the civilian world by virtue of the fact that we have easy access to all military members, and need no consent to access their DNA, as we already have the DNA of every service member on file.
Many won't believe me, but trust me here, it isn't the military justice system that is at fault here, it's just that certain circumstances make it impossible to solve the case. Please don't form the opinion that the military doesn't take this issue seriously, they hammer it home in the form of classroom training and presentations until your eyes start to bleed, it's something we're continuously reminded to be aware of.
edited 12th Dec '11 7:51:55 PM by Barkey
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.