Widespread unprosecuted rape in British armed forces blamed on alcohol

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A Ministry of Defence review commissioned after 6 male soldiers were arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17 year old female soldier has found “unacceptable” and “persistent” inappropriate sexual behaviour in the armed forces. The review sets up a new body, The Defence Authority, to deal with such behaviour and complaints about how the military police deal with reports of serious offences such as sex crimes.  But the MOD’s own figures show its getting worse at investigating sexual offences. Listen to my BBC Radio 4 report.


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