“Military fails to advise sexual assault victims of civilian court option, advocates say”–USA Today

USA today has a story discussing a report that thousands of sexual assault victims in the military have not been advised they have the choice to seek civilian prosecution.

According to the report, only the Army has kept any records that this advice, required since 2015, is being provided, and they have done so only for a small portion of cases.

I have long felt these cases would be better handled in civilian courts. For non-deployed units there is little reason not to. This would minimize the potential problems of real or perceived command influence.