Dutch armed forces sexual harassment report


This video from the USA is called THE OTHER PTSD – SEXUAL ABUSE OF WOMEN IN THE MILITARY.

Translated from Dutch news agency ANP today:

THE HAGUE – In the Dutch armed forces, especxially at the officer training institutions KMA in Breda and KIM [for the Navy] in Den Helder, there is misconduct, including sexual harassment and bullying.

The closed culture, traditions and strong social control appear to be a breeding ground for this conduct. Managers and instructors neglect to do enough against this if they find out.

This is documented in a report by Blauw Research on six military academies which caretaker Minister Eimert van Middelkoop (Defense) this Friday sent to Parliament.

… over one in three students has had to deal some time with a form of harassment and 13 percent had to deal with structural bullying.

Perpetrators are often male students with dominant and charismatic qualities while others get caught up in their negative behavior.

Imagine you’re a soldier stationed overseas and discover you’re pregnant. If you want to have an abortion but are living in a country where it’s illegal, you might as well be living in pre-Roe v. Wade America. Why? Current federal law prohibits almost all abortion services at U.S. military hospitals, even if a woman pays for the procedure herself. So, like a woman in the 1950s, you can fly to another country to obtain safe, legal abortion care (if you can afford to travel and can arrange leave) or take your chances with an unsafe, illegal, local or self-induced abortion: here.

USA: Call on Your Senator to End the Ban on Military Women’s Access to Abortion: here.