Air Force Creates New Counsel To Help Sexual Assault Victims

By Eames Yates
July 25, 2013

Moody Air Force Base, GA -

Last year there were nearly 800 sexual assaults reported in the Air Force. In response to those numbers a special victim's counsel was created which consists of 24 lawyers. Their goal: not to help the prosecution or defense, but protect the victim. Captain Kristen Beck is one of these attorneys stationed at Moody.

She said "most of my victims are from other bases. South Carolina, Texas, I even have a client in Korea."

Beck says a lot of sexual assault victims used to drop out of the court martial process because it can often be too much to bare. That was nearly the case for a recent client who was the victim of a violent rape.

Beck said "when it was, to all charges and specifications, guilty we were just sitting there in the courtroom crying holding hands and that was so emotional for me and so emotional for her but also just so rewarding that I was able to help her through the process cause there were times she was just saying I don't want to do this, I can't do this."

It's not just women who report sexual assaults. 6% of the cases are from men, which can be assaulted by senior ranking women.

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