D-04 - Child Abuse in the Army: When the Offender Wears a Military Uniform

The Army places extraordinary emphasis on child abuse cases, using specialized prosecution teams dedicated to bringing soldiers who harm children to justice in the military courtroom. This presentation will explore the roles of the special victim prosecutor, the special victim witness liaison, and the highly experienced civilian litigation experts who make up these teams. It will also explain the unique challenges they face when prosecuting cases involving soldiers and children of military families. The Army is one of the most diverse organization in the county, and its challenges in prosecuting sexual offense cases reflect civilian society.