Oct. 29 () –
Admiral Ben Key, Chief of Staff of the British Navy, has ordered an immediate investigation into allegations of “abhorrent” practices of sexual harassment to which women, especially conscripts, have been subjected for years during service. , revealed by the newspaper ‘Daily Mail’.
Added to the complaints of aggression is the existence of lists where the recruits appear according to the order in which they should be raped in the event of a “catastrophic event”.
The complaints also point to Navy officers as being responsible for making “sexual gestures and comments” towards female personnel. Some female recruits have also reported being hit with clipboards.
“I am deeply shocked by these allegations,” Admiral Key tweeted, and I want to assure our people and anyone who reads this that any such activity, so far from the highest standard of the Royal Navy, is , in itself, totally unacceptable”.
“These allegations are outrageous. Sexual assault and harassment have no place in the Navy and will not be tolerated,” he added before guaranteeing that he had given instructions “to thoroughly investigate” the allegations.
“Any person who has been found guilty will be held accountable for their actions regardless of their rank,” the admiral said.