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Police officer reportedly accused commanding officer of yearslong sexual abuse

Amid wave of allegations of assaults in security forces, TV network reports case was closed against officer who confirmed details but argued that their relationship was consensual

Illustrative: Israel Police investigate the scene of a crime on June 2, 2021. (Israel Police)
Illustrative: Israel Police investigate the scene of a crime on June 2, 2021. (Israel Police)

A female police officer reportedly filed a complaint against her commanding officer for sexually abusing her over a period of several years.

According to a report by Channel 13 news on Monday, the female officer, who served in Israel’s north, lodged a complaint about the man’s behavior but the case against him was ultimately closed.

“I experienced a nightmare of several years,” she was quoted by the network as saying. “It started from the very beginning, I was shocked when they told me the case against him was closed.”

She reportedly told police that her commanding officer abused his position as her superior to take advantage of her sexually and force her into having sexual relations, including both in a police vehicle and in the station.

But according to the report, the officer confirmed that such a relationship took place but claimed that it was fully consensual.

In a statement cited by the network, Israel Police said it is “aware of the incident, but due to privacy reasons cannot comment.”

Illustrative: Female soldiers during training, in an undated photography published by the military on Jun 7, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

News of the case comes amid a wave of accusations of sexual abuse against women in Israeli security positions.

On Monday, a military court cleared an Israeli soldier accused of raping a fellow soldier serving alongside him on the same base. His defense lawyers claimed that the pair had a consensual relationship, an argument ultimately accepted by the court.

On Sunday — in the wake of renewed reports about sexual abuse of female IDF soldiers serving as prison guards by Palestinian inmates — Prime Minister Yair Lapid said that violence against women is “a stain on the country and it cannot continue.”

“It is our responsibility as a society and our obligation as the government to eradicate this phenomenon,” he added.

Defense Ministry Benny Gantz said Monday that he would reevaluate allowing IDF conscripts to serve as guards in the Israel Prisons Service after a former soldier said she was repeatedly raped by a Palestinian terror convict.

In an ongoing case in military court, Lt. Col. Dan Sharoni reached a plea deal last month after being charged with 79 counts of sex crimes for filming dozens of his female subordinates while they were nude without their knowledge.

In April, an IDF soldier told an officer at her base that she was raped at a party over the Purim holiday, but she was not taken to be examined at a hospital, nor was her allegation passed on to the police. Ten days later, she took her own life on base using her commanding officer’s weapon.

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