Army Foundation College: Sexual Offences

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 13th December 2021.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the response to FOI2021/09403 on 21 September 2021, how many of the 41 complaints of rape and sexual assault made to the Service Police by women under the age of 18 in the armed forces since 2015 were from women at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

Of the 41 complaints of rape and sexual assault made to the Service Police by women under the age of 18 in the armed forces since 2015 and referenced in the response to FOI2021/09403 on 21 September 2021, approximately five were from women at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

These figures are single Service estimates; not official statistics produced or checked by Defence Statistics and are subject to known data quality issues affecting accuracy. This figure has been rounded to five as a means of disclosure control and the preservation of anonymity, as well as conveying an appropriate level of precision.

This figure has been sourced from the Service Police crime record management system. As this is a live system not designed to produce statistics and reliant on individual interpretation, this figure may not match responses to other similar requests.

Official Defence Statistics relating to sexual offences investigations are held and published annually on the .gov.uk website.

You will also wish to be aware that the MOD has made it absolutely clear there is no place for unacceptable behaviour in the Armed Forces. We recognise the great courage it takes to come forward and report a sexual offence and Commanding Officers must always refer any allegation of rape and sexual assault, or any other offence which may have a sexual element, to the Service Police. All allegations are thoroughly investigated, and support provided to alleged victims.

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