London: The Royal Navy chief has announced an investigation after multiple whistleblowers allege widespread sexual harassment of female submarine personnel.
The Daily Mail on Saturday ran an article based on an interview with former Navy Lieutenant Sophie Brook, who said that male crew members put the names of female colleagues on a “rape list” and “sexual abuse”. A constant campaign of bullying.”
The article also cited two anonymous whistleblowers who backed her account.
In a statement to the newspaper, the Navy’s professional chief, First Sea Lord Ben Key, called for an investigation by his senior team and said he was “deeply troubled” by the “disgusting” allegations. rice field.
“Sexual assault and harassment are unacceptable and unacceptable in the Royal Navy,” Key said, adding that anyone found responsible “will be held accountable” regardless of rank.
Brook, 30, was approached to become a submarine commander, but was eventually dismissed by the Navy after becoming suicidal and self-harming as a result of the culture on board.
The Royal Navy Submarine Service only started accepting women in 2011.
Male bosses routinely used sexual obscenities to talk to her and put their penises in her pockets.
She learns that female crew members are sixth on the list to be raped first in the event of a catastrophe.
A married colleague exposed to her, she said, and another colleague sneaked up on her bed and started kissing her while she was sleeping.
Brooke said one woman who made a formal complaint about nude photos of women in her workplace was “frozen” and unable to move forward.
She began self-harming at the age of 21, two years after enlisting in the Navy.
After one injury required stitches, doctors asked her to leave her duties, but she was soon monitored with “full responsibility” on the nuclear submarine, she said.
Emma Norton, director of the Center for Military Justice, a charity that provides legal assistance to victims of harassment, told Sky News that only about 10% of women who experience serious bullying or harassment at the service receive formal treatment. Said he would file a complaint. Trust them they will get justice or a fair hearing of any kind. ”
Mr Norton said the Royal Navy had failed to respond to repeated recommendations for increased independent oversight of such complaints.
Retired Rear Admiral Chris Parry told the BBC: “Some of the sexual behavior you see in regular workplaces carries over, as you might imagine, to submarines.”