What are my rights as a victim of crime?

Submitted by admin on Fri, 07/28/2017 - 05:24

Sexual assault victims have rights throughout the military justice process.

These rights provide for the reasonable protection, privacy, information, respectful treatment for victims and more as they participate in the criminal justice system. Additional information is provided below:

DoD law enforcement and legal personnel directly engaged in the detection, investigation, or prosecution of crimes are responsible for ensuring that victims of military-related crime are notified that that they have the following rights:

  • To be treated with fairness and respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy
  • To be reasonably protected from the alleged offender
  • To be notified of court proceedings
  • To be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines that testimony by the victim would be materially affected if the victim heard other testimony at trial
  • To confer with the attorney for the government in the case
  • To receive available restitution
  • To be provided information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the alleged offender


Learn more about the Special Victim’s Counsel/Victim’s Legal Counsel by Service.

Learn about the DoD Victim Witness Assistance Procedures.