A notice (available here) scheduled for publication in the Federal Register today announces a public meeting of the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces (DAC-IPAD) (CAAFlog page) on Friday, July 21, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., at One Liberty Center, 875 N. Randolph Street, Suite 1432, Arlington, Virginia.

This will be the third public meeting held by the DAC-IPAD. At this meeting, the Committee will receive a presentation on the mechanics of a sexual assault investigation from a representative of each Service’s military criminal investigation organization followed by a Committee strategic planning session.

2 Responses to “DAC-IPAD meeting on Friday, July 21, 2017”

  1. Inquiring Mind says:

    Why are false allegations and wrongful convictions not addressed? This issue just didn’t go away, it’s just not politically correct to discuss anymore. But with all the political pressure, media coverage and incentives it only increases the chances of false allegations. 
    Finding 30 – Page 41
    Understanding the dynamics of false allegations of sexual assault may help the Department minimize victimization of actual victims. 
    The Task Force is extremely sensitive to the challenge presented when individuals make a false allegation of sexual assault. The reasons for these vary, and often the allegation is not the result of conscious deception, but rather the result of multiple other factors impacting the individual making the allegation. Nonetheless, the issue is of particular concern because of the negative effect these false allegations have on all involved. 
    This challenge is not unique to the military and confronts the civilian community as well. Many focus group participants expressed concerns about the effect of false allegations, but in truth, there is little formal research to help us understand the various reasons why a victim might allege sexual assault when it has not occurred. We currently do not know the number of circumstances where the alleged victim deliberately and maliciously makes a false claim. Often there are other mechanisms at play, involving complex individual factors not well understood. 
    Focus group participants, especially enlisted personnel, expressed the belief that there were individuals who made such allegations for secondary gain and that the alleged accused was at a disadvantage. Commanders expressed concerns in terms of the impact on unit cohesion and mission accomplishment. Investigators and legal personnel expressed the negative impact on limited resources and their ability to investigate and litigate legitimate cases. Some victims expressed their experience in encountering skeptical commanders, investigators, and peers as questioning the assault claim. 
    A number of focus group participants expressed a desire to require commanders to take clear and unambiguous action against malicious false accusers. The challenge is, however, that rarely is there clear and unambiguous understanding of the factors that lead a person to use an unconventional and undesirable act to get needed help vice a truly malicious act. This requires recognition that the individual, despite negative behavior, may need to be assessed by a professional behavioral health counselor. 

  2. Naive says:

    The issue will be addressed when the lawyers are reprimanded by their state bars for knowingly violating their ethics. The leadership of each branch “knows or suspects” they are putting innocent people in prison and are purposely burying their heads in the sand hoping they will not be held accountable. Too bad.