Originally posted on December 4th, 2015
I wrote before about the problem of sexual violence in the United States military. It now appears the United Kingdom has a similar problem:
At least three rapes and 22 sexual assaults have been carried out against men in the UK military forces over the last two years, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed under a Freedom of Information request.
Last February, a 20-year-old man was subject to “assault by penetration” by a group of seven men, The Times reported.
In May, another soldier, 28, was attacked by his seven fellow servicemen, while three other young men in the army – one of them 18 years old – were the victims of penetrative sexual assaults over the last year.
All in all, there have been 25 assaults between October 2012 and October 2014, the report revealed.
The numbers were disclosed by the MoD under Freedom of Information requests. They refer only to information gathered by military police, meaning that the real numbers could be much higher.
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