MoD paid £2mn to settle cadet abuse cases: Report

MoD paid £2mn to settle cadet abuse cases: Report

Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:11AM GMT

The UK’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has paid out more than 2 million pounds over the past three years in out-of-court settlements for cases involving sex abuse against young people in the cadet forces, a report says.

The report, published by The Guardian on Sunday, said the settled cases included sex abuse rituals performed by teenage boys who were in charge of cadets, all aged between 12 and 18.

The report said some of the settlements were made to adults for abuse taken place when they were children; however, some other payments were related to more recent claims.

Among the cases were the rape of a female cadet who became pregnant and gave birth to a child. The abuse began when she was 14 years old, and she subsequently suffered from a number of psychological problems. The MoD admitted liability and settled the claim for 210,000 pounds.

Other cases involved two instructors, who sexually abused cadets severely at an army hut, a rifle range and at camps. Lawyers for the victims reported that the abuse was openly known within what they called “a permissive atmosphere” and appeared accepted as normal. One of the abusive instructors was serving as a police officer when he was arrested and was convicted of buggery and indecent assault in 2007 in relation to one of the claimants.

Rebecca Sheriff, a lawyer who has represented several of the victims, said the abusers had exploited their positions of trust.

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