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Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

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Starting Jan. 28, Air Force members and their adult dependents who report a sexual assault can have a specially trained military attorney assigned to them. Previously, the accused in a sexual assault case was assigned a military attorney to represent his or her interests, but the alleged victim was not.The news of the Special Victims' Counsel program comes as a congressional panel is preparing to hold a hearing later this month about sexual abuse in the military, prompted by a scandal at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Six trainers have been convicted and two dozen more removed and accused of abuses ranging from rape to inappropriate relationships with recruits.

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