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Friday, June 20, 2003
Women in Israeli Army:
20% of female soldiers report sexual harassment

By Gideon Alon, Haaretz Correspondent.
Monday, June 02, 2003 Sivan 2, 5763


Twenty percent of female IDF soldiers were sexually harassed during the course of their mandatory military service, according to an army survey presented Monday during a meeting of the Knesset committee for the advancement of women.

The study collected responses from 1,100 anonymous female soldiers - including 64 officers - in their second year of service.

There was no difference in the rate of sexual harassment suffered by female soldiers serving in combat units and those serving in rear echelon positions, the study revealed.

Eighty-one percent of female soldiers suffering from instances of sexual harassment reported "harmful hints," and 69 percent reported harassing sexual advances.

More than half the respondents suffering sexual harassment did not take any action in response. Only 20 percent turned to an official address for aid, primarily to unit commanders.

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