Number of complaints rises by more than 80 percent in five years. Official says this could be explained by greater awareness.
The number of complaints of sexual harassment and assault in the IDF has risen by more than 80% in the past five years, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.
In 2007, IDF Women’s Affairs Advisor, Col. Rachel Tevet-Wiesel, received 318 complaints of verbal and physical harassment. In 2011, her office handled 583 complaints. The number of complaints that led to official investigations has climbed from 94 in 2007 to 144 in 2011.
One case of sexual harassment in the IDF , is one too many.
Let all lovers of Israel be honest about the mistakes done inside the Jewish homeland. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and freedom of expression is highly respected in the Jewish society.
I was the main spokesman for the navy recruits in Norway in my youth. I remember when the first young females came to the camp. It was crazy days. Boys and girls were equal guilty of shameless sexual immorality.
All secular and non Orthodox Israeli girls serve two years in the armed forces.
There are 176.000 youngster in Israel who serve in the military force at any given time. 583 complaints are 1 per 300 personnel.
That is a problem, but not to be overestimated.
Israel will not escape sexual immorality of various kind in the defense force. Neither will any other military force.
May the mercy and grace of Jesus the Messiah be with every Israeli who serve in the IDF. The Israeli Military needs our prayers.
Written av Ivar