Law School's Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Issues Comments to Military Justice Review Group
New York, June 30, 2014—As the U.S. military struggles to come to terms with an epidemic of sexual assault among service members, Columbia Law School Professor Suzanne B. Goldberg today urged the Department of Defense to revamp crucial areas to improve responsiveness regarding sexual assault investigation and adjudication.
- commander discretion over sexual assault investigations and punishments;
- the absence of thorough sentencing guidelines;
- the lack of sufficiently protective evidence rules; and
- related difficulties with the Boards of Corrections of Military Records and the Department of Veterans Affairs provision of benefits to service members who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of sexual assault.