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    Coast Guard Attorneys Will Decide on Prosecuting Sexual Assaults Beginning in December

    Coast Guard Attorneys Will Decide on Prosecuting Sexual Assaults Beginning in December

    The Coast Guard has updated its guidance on sexual assault response and prosecution following changes to law that gave military attorneys, not commanders, the responsibility to decide whether such cases should be prosecuted.

    The changes, which also give broader access to services to former cadets and recruits who were victims of sexual assault, follow a series of failures by the service to investigate cases of rape and assault at the Coast Guard Academy and elsewhere.

    In April, the Coast Guard updated its Sexual Assault Prevention, Response and Recovery Program, known as SAPRR, in response to the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, and in anticipation of an executive order by President Joe Biden, that required the services to establish independent counsel to review and oversee serious crimes, including sexual assault, stripping commanders of that decision authority.

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    The service announced Thursday that it has established the changes to comply with the order, saying that for all offenses covered under it that occur on or after Dec. 27, a special trial counsel, working under the Coast Guard's Office of the Chief Prosecutor, will have “exclusive authority” to exercise court-martial jurisdiction in serious crimes.

    The , Navy, Marine Corps and Force have established their special trial counsel…

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