Sexual Assault And Assault Response And Prevention Program

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History Sexual assault has plagued the military since its inception. The chain of command (COC) is responsible for maintaining the good order and conduct of our service members (SMs). Unfortunately, the U.S. military has not been able to effectively combat the occurrences of sexual assault. Billions of taxpayer dollars have been thrown at the problem, programs have been implemented and task forces have been mobilized. To combat this epidemic, the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program (SHARP) is the U.S. military’s main effort. SHARP is designed to promote advocacy and provide support for victims of sexual assault, in order to decrease or eliminate the instances of sexual assault among SMs. However, the problem of…show more content…
Removing the authority from the victim’s COC is believed to reduce bias and the fear of retaliation by commanding officers (COs). Within 180 days of the enactment of the bill, administrative hierarchies will convene to create policies and procedures to adhere to the mandates of S.1752. Within the deadline, policies and procedures will be disseminated to the lowest level in memorandum format (Military Justice Improvement Act, 2013). Victims of sexual assault are intended to be empowered to safely and confidentially report a crime to their COC and be assured that justice will be served without reprisal. S.1752 is designed to protect SMs who are victims of sexual assault from a corrupt or neglectful COC by removing their authority in the matter. Policy Analysis A systematic analysis of S.1752 is essential to forecasting potential intended and untended consequences of the bill. Context will also be considered to ensure a balanced and unbiased bill analysis. If the bill is enacted, it will become law until amended or repealed. The extent to which this bill will accomplish it’s purpose of removing the authority of sexual assault cases from COs in the victim’s COC is currently unknown. If enacted, S.1752 will be enforced by prosecutors under the authority of the UCMJ. The economic feasibility is difficult to quantify because much of the data is based on
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