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Defence force sex scandals: can the culture be changed?

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is again confronted by allegations of sexual humiliation and denigration of serving female members.The latest scandal involves claims that emails containing explicit…...
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When will real action be taken to end sexual assault in the military?

When will real action be taken to end sexual assault in the military? | Military Culture | Scoop.it
Until the investigation and prosecution of allegations of military of sexual abuse are outside of the chain of command and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, rape will continue within the military.

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World (Wingnut) Net Daily: Military Sodomite Abuse: The Untold Story

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World (Wingnut) Net Daily: Military Sodomite Abuse: The Untold Story

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Alcohol abuse is fueling military sexual assault - Washington Post

Alcohol abuse is fueling military sexual assault
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The reasons for the growing sexual assault problem in our military are complex and require serious investigation.
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DRC: U.S.-Trained Battalion Implicated in Rapes

"A Congolese army battalion that received its formative training from the U.S. military went on to commit mass rapes and other atrocities last year, a U.N. investigation has found. Members of the 391st Commando Battalion, a unit created in 2010 with extensive support from the U.S. government, joined with other Congolese soldiers to rape 97 women and 33 girls as they fled a rebel advance in eastern Congo in November, according to the United Nations. U.S. Special Operations forces had spent eight months training the 750-member battalion in a bid to professionalize Congo's ragtag military, which has a long history of rights abuses, including raping and killing civilians." - Washington Post, May 13, 2013

Sexual violence by military forces against civilians or within their own ranks is a phenomenon which has plagued armies throughout history and around the world. There is increasing national and international attention to these abuses, with new revelations often featured in the media. Governments have responded by introducing a wide range of training programs, as part of what is now often labeled "security sector reform." But as illustrated by this new UN report from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, trainings on the responsibility to curb sexual violence are unlikely to have much effect on their own. Far more significant is whether the conditions soldiers are put into are changed, whether military and societal values are genuinely transformed, and, most significantly, if there is effective discipline and sanctions against such behavior.

 


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WATCH: Australia's army chief demonstrates how you address sex abuse - The Week Magazine

WATCH: Australia's army chief demonstrates how you address sex abuse - The Week Magazine | Military Culture | Scoop.it
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WATCH: Australia's army chief demonstrates how you address sex abuse
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Like the U.S., Australia is faced with a scandal involving women in the military. That's where the similarities end, however.
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RECOVERING OUR HONOUR: Building the Bond Between Citizens and Soldiers

How a country manages its civil military relations and develops leaders are two different, but related questions. This four-part documentary series looks at ...
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British forces 'witnessed electric shocks, beatings and dog kennel torture of Iraqi prisoners in secret US prison in Baghdad'

British forces 'witnessed electric shocks, beatings and dog kennel torture of Iraqi prisoners in secret US prison in Baghdad' | Military Culture | Scoop.it

Abuse took place at Camp Nama at Baghdad International AirportOne serviceman says he saw a prisoner beaten with his prosthetic limbFormer members of joint UK-US Task Force 121 have spoken out

British troops working at a secretive US detention centre in Iraq saw prisoners being given electric shocks, brutally beaten and locked in ‘kennels’, it was claimed last night.

For the first time, servicemen at the notorious Camp Nama in Baghdad have spoken of how they saw Americans abuse and torture terror suspects.

One captive had his false leg pulled off and was beaten around the head with it, they said.

But when the troops complained about the treatment, a British Army officer said: ‘You didn’t see that – do you understand?’

The claims will fuel suspicions that military chiefs and ministers turned a blind eye to the abuse.

The allegations follow the scandal over Baha Mousa, a civilian beaten to death by British troops in Iraq in 2003 and abuses at the US-run Abu Ghraib prison.

At Camp Nama, two RAF squadrons and an Army Air Corps unit had guard and transport duties while SAS and SBS troops were based nearby.

The joint US-UK special forces unit, code-named Task Force 121, worked to seize key insurgents.But few British personnel were allowed into the camp’s interrogation area. 

This included a room with every surface painted black, where the worst abuses are said to have been carried out.

 

On the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, former UK  personnel have come forward.

 

Two SAS members told how they saw two Iraqi prisoners being tortured in an area run by Delta Force, the US special forces unit.

One said: ‘They were given electric shocks from cattle prods and their heads were held under the water in the swimming pool.’

Witnesses said prisoners were held in cells the size of large dog kennels made of wire mesh and corrugated iron.

 

Geoff Hoon, who was defence secretary at the time, insisted he had no knowledge of Camp Nama

One told The Guardian: ‘The prisoners were taken into a hangar to be bagged and tagged, a bag put over their heads and their hands plasticuffed behind their backs. They would be driven to the Joint Operations Centre. They were in pretty poor shape when they were taken out.’

'Everyone's seen the Abu Ghraib pictures. But I've seen it with my own eyes.'

Another former soldier said: 'I saw one man having his prosthetic leg being pulled off him, and being beaten about the head with it before he was thrown onto the truck.'

Suspects were brought to the secret prison at Baghdad international airport, known as Camp Nama for questioning by both US military and civilian interrogators.

Their methods were so brutal that they drew condemnation not only from a US human rights body but from a special investigator reporting to the Pentagon.

The Guardian reports that Geoff Hoon, defence secretary at the time, insisted he had no knowledge of the camp or the activities carried out there.

When it was pointed out to him that the British military had provided transport services and a guard force, and had helped to detain Nama’s inmates, he reportedly replied: ‘I’ve never heard of the place.’

In the same manner the MoD has repeatedly failed to address questions about ministerial approval of British operations at Camp Nama.

Nor would the department say whether ministers had been made aware of concerns about human rights abuses there.

There is no suggestion UK  personnel carried out any abuse but questions have been raised about what ministers knew.

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Feminist men through history - New Zealand Herald

Feminist men through history New Zealand Herald In the same vein is author Jackson Katz, who among other projects co-founded the Mentors in Violence Prevention programme - a 20-year-old gender violence prevention and education program which has...
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obama's military - More than 85,000 veterans treated last year over alleged military sex abuse, report says

obama's military - More than 85,000 veterans treated last year over alleged military sex abuse, report says | Military Culture | Scoop.it
A Department of Veterans Affairs accounting released in response to inquiries from The Associated Press shows a heavy financial and emotional cost involving vets from Iraq, Afghanistan and even back to Vietnam, and lasting long after a victim...

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Game of Thrones Offers A Complex, Nuanced Critique of Patriarchy - Raw Story

Game of Thrones Offers A Complex, Nuanced Critique of Patriarchy
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Even his death has more meaning than theirs; they are basically collateral damage whose value as military targets only rests in their relationship to a man.
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This is how you talk about military sex abuse

This is how you talk about military sex abuse | Military Culture | Scoop.it
A blistering message from a general gets everything right VIDEO (If U.S.
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