Times, 29 January 2013 no 70794
A female soldier claimed that she was made to feel it was her fault after she alleged that two male colleagues sexually assaulted her (Dedorah Haynes writes).
Donna Rayment ,was a corporal in the Territorial Army when the alleged attack took place while she was working as driver for one of the reservist squadrons of the special Air service in 1999.
Some members of her unit was on the was from training exercise overseas and spent the night at a hotel. A number of soldiers, incuding Ms Rayment, went for a few drinks. She returned to the hotel were they were staying with two colleagues, whom were also not members of the SAS.
Ms Rayment was invited to the men's room for some food and felt asleep while sitting on the bed. She claimed that she woke to find the soldiers sexually assaulting her.
"I screamed at them to get off me'' she said. ''It was the most sickening feeling you can imagine. I went back to my room."
Once back to the UK , she was called before an officer. Ms Rayment alleged the she was encouraged not to pursue the matter any further.
''He said :'You know what soldiers are like, you should have never have gone into their room',". She claimed
She claimed the she signed a note that said: ''I decided that i did not want any further action to be taken with regard to this incident.''
Six years later, after receiving counselling, she took her allegations to a civilian police forces. They passed it to the Royal Military Police . Ms Rayment said as soon as she was told of this development she believed that the case would not go anywhere. ''I was totally let down,'' she said.
Ms Rayment says that the attitude within the Armed Forces towards anyone who alleges rape or sexual assault is still to brush the issue away. They are not changing, they are going backwards, not forward, the former soldier said.'' When you report this things they are covered up and you are called a troublemaker. She urged other servicewomen and men who have been assaulted to contact her through Women Against Rape. Ms Rayment was dis-charged from the Army in 2005 following other problems with a long running series of complains that ended up in the High Court in 2010. She believes that her decision to speak out about the alleged sexual assault meant that she suffered harassment and bullying that ultimately ended her Army career.
A spokeswomen for the Ministry of Defence declined to comment on an individual case. ''We recognise that it takes great courage for any individual to come forward and report a sexual offence", she said.
"That is why all allegations are dealt with sensitively and seriously. We have taken a number of steps to improve training and awareness to ensure that service personnel know how to report concerns and what support is available to them''
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