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‘Raped’ sailor sues MoD for ‘treating me like criminal’

A ROYAL Navy sailor is suing the MoD after she was made pregnant by a soldier who allegedly spiked her drink and then raped her.

The 42-year-old woman has told how she gave birth to a daughter after the alleged attack at the Devil’s Tower barracks in Gibraltar. She said she was given a shot of what she thought was rum but passed out and was then raped.

At first she kept quiet ‘because I didn’t think anyone would believe me’.

She said: ‘I wanted to move on and keep what happened to myself, but then the attack started affecting me psychologically and I went to see the doctor. She asked me who the father was and it all came flooding out.

‘When I told my superiors in the Navy they acted like I was making it up so I didn’t have to go back to sea. I thought that they would help me, but they made me feel like a criminal.’ She quit the military just two months before becoming eligible for her pension.

No action was taken against the soldier because prosecutors ruled the alleged attack was not covered by English law. Military police also opted against charging the private, who said the pair had consensual sex, or referring the case to Gibraltar police.

Solicitor Chun Wong, who is representing the woman, said: ‘My client’s case is that she had a drink spiked, was raped and was then treated like a criminal rather than a victim by her superiors.‘

The MoD originally succeeded in getting the case struck out at the High Court but that was overturned on appeal. The MoD said it would not comment while litigation was ongoing.

The woman said: ‘All I want is some kind of justice.’