Former female members of the Defence Forces in Ireland have spoken up about their experiences of abuse and harassment while on duty.
Some victims suffered depression, eating disorders and suicide attempts as a result of their experiences. Some left their jobs as a result.
Former Captain Yvonne O’Rourke spoke of an incident which occurred at a nightclub when she was in her 20s.
“A man came up right behind me. He had a hand to the left and to the right of me … I felt like I was pinned to the bar”, O’Rourke said.
She said she was not a big drinker, but the Officer told her to drink the beer.
The alcohol quickly took effect and O’Rourke felt sick, and the Officer insisted on bringing her home.
She did not remember the rest of the night, but woke up the next day in pain and “feeling humiliated, violated”.
Opposition parties have today called on the Government to set up an independent inquiry into allegations of harassment, abuse, and assault in the Defence Forces.
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