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Changes to the UCMJ are coming to assist survivors of sexual assault

November 29, 2018

“The Military Justice Act of 2016 (MJA 16)” is designed to improve the military justice system by enhancing its efficiency and effectiveness while sustaining good order and discipline. Changes include enactment of Article 6B, sexual assault Victim Rights.

-Changes to Article 6B enhances Victim Rights during Article 32 hearings.

-A victim’s prior sexual behavior or sexual predisposition will not be admissible at a preliminary hearing, except under very narrow circumstances.

-Article 6B will make the process simpler for someone to assume the rights of the victim (e.g., legal guardians of the victim, representatives of the victim’s estate, Family members, or any other person designated suitable by Military Justice in the case for victims under the age of 18, or who are incompetent, incapacitated, or deceased).

-The MJA 16 also ensures a victim receives a copy of the Statement of Trial Results and Entry of Judgment at the conclusion of any court-martial, and permits a victim to request a copy of the record of trial.”

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