A UK study found that around 22 per cent of female soldiers in the British army have been sexually abused.
A study was conducted by a military magazine in England, where abuse of female soldiers is on the agenda. The research showed that women in the British army were bullied, sexually harassed, and physically assaulted.
According to the report published by the military medical journal BMJ, approximately 22 percent of female soldiers said they had been sexually harassed, 23 percent had been subjected to emotional bullying and 3.3 percent had been physically assaulted. The results of the study also revealed that the group most likely to be exposed to ill-treatment is the youth.
The investigation into abuse in the British military began in July when the British Ministry of Defense for the first time abolished the rule prohibiting members of the military from participating in such research.
In light of the data obtained from the statements of the female soldiers, the parliamentary inquiry into the matter is ongoing. Sarah Atherton, chair of the Women in the Armed Forces Committee, said: “The stories we hear paint a difficult picture for women. A woman who is abused in the army is forced to live and work with the perpetrator for fear that making a sound will damage her career,” she said.
About 16,500 women currently serve in the UK military, and female soldiers make up about 11 percent of army personnel.
In a report published by the British Parliament in July on the subject, it was stated that two-thirds of female soldiers were abused and bullied. The report also included information that 62 percent of the 4,106 ex-servicemen and current female staff who testified in the investigation into abuse against women in the British Armed Forces said they had witnessed or been subjected to “unacceptable behaviour”. In the report, which revealed that some women who gave their statements were bullied because they refused sexual approaches, or witnessed their friends being attacked by men, it was emphasized that women were very afraid to report these attacks. The report also stated that 11 percent of women had been sexually harassed in the last 12 months, while this rate was less than 1 percent for men.