Local TD ‘shocked and sickened’ by sexual assault revelation in Defence Forces

Independant TD Marian Harkin said she was “shocked and sickened” that women of the Defence forces “had to bare their souls and private lives on national radio to bring about real change.”

Speaking in Dail Eireann, Deputy Harkin questioned Minister Coveney and expressed her outrage and anger at the recent revelations from the ’Women of Honour’ documentary in regard to sexual assault and rape in the Defence Forces.

She expressed her satisfaction that a completely independent enquiry was now being set-up but questions why previous structures and systems introduced to protect members of the Defence Forces from sexual assault, bullying, harassment and rape had not worked properly: