Female Royal Navy staff back calls for rape cases to be tried in civilian courts

An amendment to the Armed Forces Bill recommends rapes cases should not be heard under courts martial

A serving member of the Royal Navy, who took legal action against the Ministry of Defence after her rape case collapsed, has backed calls for serious offences to be investigated and tried through the civilian courts rather than the military system.

The woman, known as Servicewoman A, has called on the government to accept an amendment to the Armed Forces Bill, which she says will “encourage more women to come forward” and protect them from the “appalling consequences” of reporting rape within their unit.

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