Almost two-thirds of female UK military staff report bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination, landmark report says

Londra Nearly two-thirds of women in the UK military have experienced bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination during their career, a landmark parliamentary report revealed on Sunday.

The UK defense subcommittee, which described its inquiry into the treatment of women in the military asone of the most importantin its history, detto questo 62% of respondents said they had experienced some form of bullying, harassment or discrimination while serving.
Più di 4,100 women testified for the report, including staff and veterans.
    The testimonies, given in confidential and public evidence, include gang-rape, sexual assault by drugs, sexual exploitation of under-18s andtrophiesor contests tobag the womenon camp or on ships.
      Some women also claimed they were bullied for refusing sexual advances and witnessed groups of men attacking their friends but weretoo afraid to report it.
        The military has come a long way in recent years… tuttavia, it is clear to us that the military is, in molti modi, a man’s world,” Sarah Atherton, chair of the subcommittee on women in the Armed Forces, ha detto in una dichiarazione.
        She added thatthe Complaints system, as it stands, is woefully inadequate and leaves most feeling unable to come forward.
          Atherton also said that while many commanding officers want to “fare la cosa giusta,” female staff are beinglet down by the chain of command,” explaining that there had been accusations ofsenior officers sweeping complaints under the rug to protect their own reputations and careers.
          Drawing from the report, Atherton suggests that the serious sexual offenses should not be tried in a military court, given that conviction rates arefour to six times lowerthan a normal court.
          She said that servicewomen are beingdenied justice.
          Il rapporto is the first of its kind, with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) lifting the usual restrictions that prevent service personnel from contributing to parliamentary inquiries.
          Following the report’s publication, the MoD said in a post on Twitter: “Bullying and harassment is entirely unacceptable within the Armed Forces, and we are committed to eliminating all inappropriate behaviours.
            Despite their testimonies, nine out of 10 female service staff would still recommend a career in the military, Atherton said.
            Now that the issues for military women have been exposed, it is time we started to protect those who protect us and make changes that better our Armed Forces, for all who serve,” lei disse.

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