Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin announced Wednesday that he is retiring to avoid being a further “distraction” for the Air Force.
The announcement was greeted with cautious optimism from victims’ advocates in Congress, who said that more urgent reform is still needed.
Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, whose previous decision to overturn a sexual assault conviction sparked a national debate over the military justice system, has been removed from another sexual assault case after refusing to prosecute it.
When the Senate votes on the annual defense appropriation, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act won’t be part of it. But the senator says she’s not going away.
On Wednesday, state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) shared a deeply personal story as part of her testimony against legislation to force women in Michigan to pre-purchase abortion riders as a part of their health insurance coverage, a proposal that has been dubbed “rape insurance” by some opponents of the bill.
If Congress is unable to meet its December 13 deadline to address the sequester, the struggle for low-income domestic violence survivors
to access safe housing will intensify.
Austin Smith Clem, who only received probation for repeatedly raping his teenage neighbor, will receive a new sentence, following intense public pressure on Judge James Woodruff to issue a more appropriate punishment.
Though the National Defense Authorization Act will be passed with no amendments, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has also introduced the Military Justice Improvement Act, which would remove prosecution of sexual assault from the military chain of command, as a stand-alone bill, and she says she will continue to fight for its passage.
If HB 726—the bill designed to redefine child abuse in Pennsylvania—is signed, it will be the first of more than a dozen bills expected to be signed into law that came out of the evaluation following the arrest of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of 45 charges of abusing ten boys.
The only thing about the Jameis Winston case that is clear is that nothing about the case is clear. It is now a statistic in a sea of such statistics, another example that our justice system and society at large are ill-equipped to handle sexual assault cases and the damage they do to everyone involved.