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One in two German female soldiers report sexual abuse

Published on Jan 25, 2014 1:41 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - One in two female soldiers in the German military says she has encountered some kind of sexual abuse at least once while in the armed forces, an internal study published Friday found.

The report, released by the Bundeswehr's Centre of Military History and Social Studies in the eastern city of Potsdam, prompted new Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen to call for new measures to address problems faced by women in uniform.

Fifty-five per cent of women in the Bundeswehr reported some kind of sexual mistreatment on the job, with 47 per cent citing verbal abuse, 25 per cent saying they had been confronted with pornographic images and 24 per cent telling researchers they had experienced "unwanted sexually motivated physical contact".

Three per cent said they had suffered sexual assault.

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