Professor of Gender and War. University of Sydney

British Army’s shocking sexual assault report

SUMMARY: A new study of 7000 female British Army soldiers reveals that almost 40% of servicewomen were victims of sexual harassment in 2014, with less than 3% formally reporting the incident. One third of the women claimed that they had received inappropriate efforts to talk about sexual matters, with 12% claiming they received unwelcome advances to touch them. More than two thirds of these women claimed the incident occurred at their base or within their training unit. With only 15, 780 women in the British Armed Forces, this report reveals that sexual misconduct in the military is not limited to a few countries, but is pervasive in military culture around the world.

SOURCE: Rose Troup Buchanan, July 14 2015, ‘4 in 10 women in the military victims of sexual harassment, new survey finds,’ The Independent,

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