“Soldiers accused of sexual assault and other sexually-based offenses now face a system which is stacked unfairly against them. Recent reforms to military law and practice have focused entirely on making it easier to convict Soldiers and providing comfort to the alleged victims of sexual assault, rather than ensuring impartial justice prevails.
Until new legislation corrects the imbalances recent changes to the UCMJ have created, Soldiers accused of sexual assault and related offenses will find themselves in an exceedingly precarious situation. Once accused, the wheels of justice are now rigged towards preferring charges and referring charges to trial. There, a Soldier can be convicted by as few as four out of five individuals, all handpicked, all of whom are rated on their support for SHARP initiatives and who have heard mountains of messaging that an epidemic exists. Soldiers deserve better.” (Major Mason S. Weiss)