Thursday, June 1, 2023

Changes afoot in Wisconsin's Code of Military Justice

Wisconsin Public Radio reports here on proposed changes to the state's Code of Military Justice. Excerpt:

The bills would amend the Wisconsin Code of Military Justice to bring it into alignment with the federal Uniform Code of Military Justice, establish a case management system for misconduct cases within the Department of Military Affairs and require the Guard's top leader to report annually on the topic to the governor and state Legislature.

The changes to state military code would include redefining what constitutes sexual assault to include sexual acts committed through threat or intimidation. It would also clarify which types of offenses are grounds for court-martialing, create a specific process for sexual harassment and remove certain gender-specific language from the code.

It would also add an affirmative right for survivors "to be treated with dignity, respect, courtesy, sensitivity, and fairness."

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