Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 28th March 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel from the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army and (c) RAF have received training as part of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict initiative.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

In keeping with the UK's Declaration of Commitment to end sexual violence in conflict, all UK Service personnel receive detailed instruction on International Humanitarian Law which absolutely prohibits sexual violence. We have also developed more specific training on preventing sexual violence, exploitation and abuse, which has been delivered to Service personnel dependent upon the requirements of deployments. Since August 2016, all pre-deployment training provided by the Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre has included specific training on preventing and responding to sexual violence in conflict. This has been delivered to around 4,000 UK personnel.

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