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Sexual violence in the French army: an “inspection mission” launched after damning testimonies

Testimonies were given. revealed in recent weeks relating to incidents of sexual assault within the armed forces. The government has decided to to act by launching an inspection mission.

Sébastien Lecornu, Minister of the Armed Forces, announced; this Friday, April 12 in a joint forum with the Secretary of State for Veterans, Patricia Miralles, published in Le Monde,  the launch of an inspection mission on sexual violence in the armed forces. "We have a mandateé the general inspection of the armed forces so that it can carry out a mission on all preventive measures, protection of victims and punishment of the aggressors,” he revealed. in the stand. The mission will submit its report at the end of May in order to succeed in achieving this goal. improve the care of victims and analyze disciplinary treatment and sanctions against attackers.

The minister envisages that'à each "suspicion of rape or sexual assault presenting sufficient plausibility, the person accused is systematically suspended from his/her duties& quot;. He also calls on the victims à break the silence: “a soldier enlists in the armies of France to protect, never to attack. So, yes, being attacked; or harassed sexually, even when you are in the military, makes you a victim; the victim of a fratricidal act that you have the duty to denounce.

Numerous reports and shocking testimonies

According to BFMTV, in 2023, 226 reports of sexual or gender-based violence in the army were the subject of the opening of a file. These are the figures from the latest report from the Th's cell, created in 2014 and focused on this type of accusations.' nbsp;In addition, a series of damning testimonies have been presented. unveiled in recent weeks, going so far as to launch a real Metoo movement in the world. #39;army.

This is a case of sexual assault in the navy, based on the testimony of a young recruit named Manon Dubois, who started the the movement. In 2019, while she was assigned     the kitchen à on board a boat in the port of Brest, a soldier would have multiplied gestures moved up to sexually assault her as she had confided &agrav; France Blue. Manon Dubois would have been victim in total of around sixty attacks. In 2021, the young woman filedé complaint but his attacker did not respond to the complaint. 10 days of arrest and a fine of 600 euros for the victim. For her part, she was advised to move away from the institution, so she put an end to the situation. his career. 

In addition, at the beginning of April, eight women and one man broke into the silence in Paris Match. One of them would have experienced an ordeal from the first days of her training, which began in May 2022. Ninon Mathey  says that his direct superior started by complimenting her before drifting towards inappropriate remarks. During a commando training course, he summoned her alone and threatened her: " I'm going to' 39;to take you into the forest, you will have to accept this look there. After these first threats, the young woman claims to have been attacked. victim of sexual assault. Her attacker did not cop only a few days of work of general interest according to her while on her side, she did not ;#39;never got over it. She also said what to talk à its hierarchy was impossible because "à from the moment when ù we speak, we become a problem. She even claims to have been pushed towards the exit too.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116