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 59, paragraph 16.16 of the Army Sexual Harassment report 2018, published by his Department in September 2018, what steps he is taking to ensure that service personnel that make a formal complaint about an upsetting experience do not suffer negative consequences as a result.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 55, paragraph 16.6 of the Army Sexual Harassment report 2018, published by his Department in September 2018, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the reporting of upsetting experiences does not lead to workplace situations becoming unpleasant.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 50, paragraph 15.17 of the Army Sexual Harassment report 2018, published by his Department in September 2018, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the reporting of upsetting experiences.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 4, paragraph 10 of the Army Sexual Harassment report 2018, published by his Department in September 2018, what steps he is taking to encourage Servicemen to tell someone if they have had an upsetting experience involving targeted sexualised behaviours.

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

Sexual harassment affects both men and women and all personnel have the right to work in an environment which is free from discrimination and unacceptable behaviour of any form. They should be confident that any allegations will be taken very seriously and action will be taken to deal with it.

The Army Misconduct Policy has been strengthened to make clear that obstructing a person who wishes to make either a formal or informal complaint of Bullying Harassment or Discrimination will be treated as very serious misconduct. All personnel receive annual Respect for Others and Values and Standards training which make clear what unacceptable behaviour is and how to report it. This includes to the Army’s confidential Unacceptable Behaviours Helpline (Speak Out) and the Army Mediation Service. The Sexual Harassment Survey Action Plan, published alongside the Sexual Harassment Report 2018, will build on these initiatives.

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