Army: Sexual Harassment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th October 2018.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 62, paragraph 17.2 of the Army Sexual Harassment Report 2018, published by his Department in September 2018, what steps he is taking to tackle the rise in the perception that sexual harassment is a problem in the Army.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence and the Army are committed to preventing sexual harassment and making very clear that unacceptable behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated and action will be taken against anyone found to be engaging in such behaviour.

The Army Sexual Harassment Survey follows the previous 2015 survey and the Army has already committed to repeating it again in 2021, underlining its commitment to improving behaviours and openly holding itself to account against the highest standards.

The Army's action plan for addressing the issues raised by the survey can be found at the link below. This sets out some of the steps being taken including increased education and training, reviewing and simplifying reporting processes and further enhancing the support available to those who have experienced sexual harassment. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/army-sexual-harassment-report-and-action-plan-2018

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