TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The number of sexual harassment cased among the unified armed forces of Germany, known as the Bundeswehr, reportedly increased by over 80 percent in 2017, compared to the previous year.
Germany’s Funke Media Group reported Saturday 234 cases of sexual offences among the armed forces last year while the number stood at 128 in 2016.
In addition, 14 cases of rape or attempted rape were recorded in 2017 in the 60,000-strong German military, showing an almost three-fold increase on the previous year when only five cases were reported.
In November 2017, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen commented on the sharp rise in sexual abuse at the army.
She said that it did not mean that the number of sexual assaults had jumped, but rather that there had been an increase in reporting incidents that might have previously gone unreported.
“It is a positive sign that supervisors and teams more frequently report incidents,” she told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.