Poll: 52% of gay soldiers sexually harassed in IDF

October 22, 2006 21:25

52 percent of gay soldiers experienced some form of sexual harassment during their Israeli military service, a survey released Sunday showed. The survey, which was carried out by a homosexual youth organization among homosexual and lesbian soldiers, found that most of the harassment was verbal. 39 percent of respondents said that their officers were also involved in the sexual harassment, and that only 20% of officers condemned such behavior. "The survey's findings show that commanders are not aware of the subject and do not know how to ensure a secure environment for homo-lesbian soldiers who serve under their command," said Guy Shilo, the author of the survey. The survey, which was carried out over the last several months among 329 gay and lesbian soldiers, as well as soldiers who completed their army service within the last year, did not include a margin of error.

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