Shocking pictures show female RAF recruit hurled around by naked servicemen in ‘initiation ritual’



Rebecca, then just 21, was the only female among 28 RAF recruits and says sexual harassment became simply a matter of routine.

It comes after an investigation reveals military police launched at least 113 probes into claims of rape, sexual assault and harassment last year, according to the Ministry of Defence.

The particular bullying happened at RAF Mount Alice in the Falklands, where she was posted for four weeks in 2001. When she was flown in by helicopter she was greeted by a row of men, buttocks exposed.

Rebecca, now 36, said: “It was the beginning of a dark time.

“That evening the initiation ceremony took place. They were naked and wearing rubber gloves and pressing me against them.

“Another time the guys thought it would be funny to cable tie me to somebody else’s bed. I was fully clothed but there was a darkness, a fear. It so easily could have gone into a realm of something unthinkable.”

Rebecca recalls corporals having sex with female trainees. She said: “For a 16 or 17-year-old, it’s scary.”

When she made a formal complaint, an interview was conducted in her bedroom.

She said: “I felt violated, it was inappropriate. I was told that if I kept quiet, I could have a ride on a Tornado F3 plane. I was young, and I accepted it.”

Rebecca, from North London, left the RAF shortly after that incident.

She remained committed to exposing sexual harassment within the forces and in 2015 used mobile phone footage as part of a one-woman play about her ordeal, called Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Read in full

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