'Banter' and PMT
When interviewed, Bennett said he never intended for his comments to be taken as innuendos and apologised when asked to stop.
'Hairy bun hole'
‘When you have your hair in a bun, it creates a natural hole in the middle, and he stuck his finger in the centre of that bun,’ she said. ‘He would say “how’s your hairy bun hole?”’
She denied fabricating the allegations to ‘get back at’ the serviceman and rejected claims she disliked him.
Prosecutor Maj Lindsey Jones said: ‘This was not banter — this was uninvited, it was unwanted and it was sexual assault.’
Recent related cases in UK Navy
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The woman said “I am constantly battling to show women are equal in the RN but they are not."
2018. There were 65 courts martial of naval personnel. Six of these were for alleged sexual offences. Four of the six were found not guilty. Of the two found guilty, the lieutenant from Northwood convicted of rape and attempted sexual assault was give a seven-year sentence. https://tinyurl.com/GOV-courts-martial-2018
US and UK Navies
|US Navy policy tries to prevent sexual assault. |
In 2011 the policy was found to be inadequate.
288 reported cases occurred in the Royal Navy in the years 2017 and 2018 combined.
Investigators found a further 60 cases that were not reported.