Female German Soldiers sexually abused

‘German female soldiers abused’

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:09:45 GMT

More than half of the female soldiers in the German military have encountered some kind of sexual abuse, a study shows.

The revelation was published in a report released on Friday by the Center of Military History and Social Studies in Germany’s eastern city of Potsdam.

According to the report, 55 percent of women faced with some kind of sexual mistreatment in the army, with 47 percent quoting verbal abuse, 25 percent saying they had experienced pornographic images, 24 percent had confronted with “unwanted sexually motivated physical contact,” and three percent had suffered from sexual assault.

Germany’s first female defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, said the poll, conducted in 2011 among 3,058 women, shows that the army must change the way it treats female soldiers.

“We have to make the Bundeswehr (the German military) significantly more attractive for women,” she said, adding that the benefits of the growing number of women in the military should become “more visible.”

Women make up more than 10 percent of the German military.

A parallel poll conducted among 1,771 male soldiers showed increasing anger at gender diversity.

Over 56 percent of the respondents said women made the military worse, up from about 52 percent in 2005.

Twelve percent of the male soldiers cited they had suffered from sexual harassment.

Sexual abuse in the military is not limited to Germany. According to a Pentagon report, sexual abuse cases in the US military were 3,374 in 2012, up six percent from the previous year.

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