Sexual assault is a serious issue in both the military as well as society in general. A politically-correct rewrite of the military’s regulations on sexual assault offers a model of how not to address the issue. As McClatchy’s Michael Doyle and Marisa Taylor report:

Six years ago, Congress tried cracking down on rape in the military. Prompted by disturbing reports of sexual assaults in military academies and war zones, lawmakers rewrote the rules. They wanted to protect victims and help prosecutors.

Now it’s clear that the effort backfired.

The politically attractive but poorly understood legal changes have incited courtroom confusion, judicial frustration and constitutional conflict.