U.S. President Joe Biden listens as Lloyd Austin, U.S. secretary of protection, speaks on the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.
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President Joe Biden on Friday mentioned he “strongly” helps Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin’s resolution to press Congress to take away the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault circumstances within the army from the armed forces’ chain of command.
“We want concrete actions that basically change the best way we deal with army sexual assault and that make it clear that these crimes won’t be minimized or dismissed,” Biden mentioned in an announcement launched by the White Home.
Austin on Friday said he has accepted core recommendations made by the Unbiased Evaluation Fee on Navy Sexual Assault.
The Pentagon chief mentioned he was directing the Protection Division to work with Congress to amend the Uniform Code of Navy Justice to take away the prosecution of sexual assault, home violence, baby abuse and retaliation from the army chain of command.
Austin additionally mentioned the division will search to have sexual harassment added as an offense to the UCMJ.
And the division will search the creation of devoted places of work throughout the secretariat of every army division to deal with prosecutions of the crimes, “with applicable authorized oversight and steerage” from the workplace of the Protection secretary.
The directive is less broad than a bill being pushed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., which might have impartial army prosecutors — not army commanders — deal with all felonies involving the army, not simply crimes involving sexual assault, home violence and baby abuse.
Austin, in his directive, mentioned, “Our most important asset as a Division is our individuals, and our individuals and readiness are inextricably linked.”
“We are going to stay the preeminent combating power on the earth as a result of we try to higher care for our individuals,” Austin mentioned. “Our values and expectations stay on the core of addressing this drawback and I’ve each confidence that our Pressure will get this proper.”