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Justice for All!

Justice is a loaded word in sexual assault cases. Especially when we talk about a crime that is very traumatizing, hard to prove and where both the alleged victim and the accused face potential repercussions. The word “justice” according to Merriam-Webster means “the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity and the quality of being just, impartial or fair.” In the continuing debate of sexual assault there seems to be two primary camps: “every alleged victim is telling the truth and the accused should be hung” or “every alleged victim is lying and the accused is being railroaded.” However, I think the truth is typically more complicated than that. We should want and expect our system of military law to strive for justice—fair and impartial. Justice has never meant that what we want is “right” but rather, what’s “right” under the law. I know there are people out there who may feel like justice wasn’t done and are furious with the current system but am curious as to what justice system you recommend.  And in my opinion when you have a system of justice where both camps think it’s broke, it may mean the system of justice is working the way it’s supposed to work– fair and impartial. What do you think?

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