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[AUDIO] NPR: When Civilians Accuse Troops Of Rape, Military Courts Often Decide

This NPR story exposes how civilian survivors of sexual assault in the military are forced to navigate an unfair justice system where they face intimidation, embarrassment, and hours of interrogation. In military courts, the legal rights victims have in the civilian world are often ignored, and these civilians have little to no support from the military during a trial.

The Air Force’s former chief prosecutor and Protect Our Defenders President Col Don Christensen said:

“The court martial process is unlike any other criminal process in this country. It’s confusing enough for military members who go through the process. But for a civilian who has no ties to the military, it is like entering another world.”

Listen to Brittany’s story and read more here.