The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is being urged to tackle a “toxic culture” of sexual assault, with a charity saying hundreds of servicewomen had reported abuse during their training.
Salute Her UK, a charity for female military personnel who have experienced sexual assault and rape, called on Army chiefs and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to confront predatory behaviour at Sandhurst and claimed there was an “epidemic” of rape culture across the military.
Nearly 200 women have sought help after suffering sexual abuse while training at Sandhurst, according to figures obtained by the charity.
The cases span a period of more than 20 years, with victims claiming a culture of fear and harassment has allowed sexual predators to operate freely at the academy, which began admitting women in 1984.
Putting lots of young men and young women together, shake, is going to lead to sexual behaviour. At least some of which will be less mutually voluntary than all would wish.
At some point that rather old fashioned idea of the separation of the young therefore makes sense.
Ah, but we don’t want to do that any more. OK. But there are going to be consequences of not doing that any more.
No, this doesn’t mean we should just give up. This isn’t to say that rape is OK nor that the military should allow it – actually, I’d expect the military punishment to be swifter, more likely and harsher than the civilian but that’s an expectation, not a proof – but it is to point out that if you’re going to have a mixed sex environment then you are going to have these sorts of problems.
Precisely why so much of the past didn’t have mixed sex environments.