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3/3/2014 (1 year ago)

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More than 200 allegations of sexual attacks reported by military personnel over past few years

It's a scandal in the making, brought upon by authorities looking the other way: More than 200 sexual abuse allegations have been made by military personnel against their colleagues in the past three years.

These scandalous facts have come to light after 30-year-old Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement was found hanged at her barracks in Bulford, Wiltshire, in 2011. She had reported her sexual assault by two male colleagues two years previously.

These scandalous facts have come to light after 30-year-old Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement was found hanged at her barracks in Bulford, Wiltshire, in 2011. She had reported her sexual assault by two male colleagues two years previously.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/3/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Sexual assault, armed forces, female service personnel


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - There have been 75 rape allegations and 150 alleged sexual assaults reported to military police between 2011 and 2013. In spite of these figures, according to court marshal results, only five servicemen were convicted of rape and 22 of sexual assault between October 2011 and November last year.

It was revealed in 2012 that one rape or sexual assault is reported by members of the Armed Forces every week.

These scandalous facts have come to light after 30-year-old Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement was found hanged at her barracks in Bulford, Wiltshire, in 2011. She had reported her sexual assault by two male colleagues two years previously.

The Ministry of Defense lawyers said they had discovered discs containing more than 1,400 unseen documents.

After Ellement was told by her superiors there would be no chance of a conviction, she allegedly became the victim of bullying by female colleagues and endured the abuse for two years.

Labor MP Madeleine Moon, who served on the defense select committee, says she fears the figures were the "tip of the iceberg" predicted many more sex attacks were going undetected.

"What other sector of society would see this number of rapes between colleagues?" Moon asks.
 
There were 25 allegations of rape made against armed forces personnel in 2013, 24 in 2012 and 26 in 2011.

There were also 52 allegations of sexual assault in 2013, 43 in 2012 and 55 in 2011. The figures all involve cases where members of the armed forces or MoD civil servants allege abuse by other MoD staff.

Under the 2006 Armed Forces Act, commanding officers are legally required to report only rape and the most serious sexual assaults to the military police or the Service Prosecuting Authority.

Allegations of other sexual offences, such as groping, can be dealt with by the chain of command.

It's a long standing problem in the British military: In 2006, 99 percent of servicewomen reported they had been subjected to some form of sexual remark or material by male colleagues in the past year.

One in seven said they have had a "particularly upsetting" experience over the same period, ranging from sexually explicit comments through to sexual assault.

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