Sexual harassment in the military

Leeuwin Barracks, Australia
Leeuwin Barracks, Australia, site of widespread sexual abuse of child navy recruits between 1967 and 1971.[1]

Sexual harassment in the military is unwanted sexual behaviour, which is defined as threatening, offensive, or otherwise upsetting to others in a military setting. The behaviour is more common in the military than in civilian life. Women are substantially more likely than men to experience sexual harassment in the armed forces. Other groups at higher risk include child cadets/recruits and military detainees.


Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual behaviour which is threatening or otherwise upsetting to others.[2][3][4][5] Some example definitions in use by state armed forces are: