The Challenge Of Defending Victims Of Sexual Assault In The Military

Nov 11, 2015

According to the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response decision, over 5,000 cases of rape or sexual assault were reported by military men and women in 2014.  While reporting was up by 50 percent, many criticized the statistics indicating that of the 5,000, less than ten percent went to trial and less than eight percent resulted in convictions.  

Since 2011, Attorney Susan Burke has been fighting for the rights of victims of military sexual assault.  She’s featured in the Academy Award nominated documentary The Invisible War, which will screen prior to her speaking this Saturday at the University of Pittsburgh.  She’ll share her experience defending victims and why she believes the chain of command military judicial system should be changed.

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