IDF Physician Under Investigation for Multiple Rapes and Sexual Assaults

In the course of investigation, military police began suspecting the physician is also responsible for past complaints of sexual misbehavior in the examination room.

Gili Cohen
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Military Police are investigating a civilian physician working for the IDF on the suspicions he raped and sexually assaulted several female soldiers.

The investigation was launched last December after several complaints were lodged accusing the physician of assaulting female soldiers while examining them for reported stomach, throat and back pains.

Military Police passed on the evidence to IDF prosecutors, who are considering indicting the physician over the allegations.

Military Police are also looking into the possibility the same physician sexually abused female soldiers several years ago while serving in a different role in the Central Command.

The number of complaints of sexual harassment in the IDF decreased in 2012, according to statistics released by the IDF.

Three percent of reports, however, involved "serious physical harm" – rape or attempted rape.

The number of male soldiers complaining of sexual harassment increased in 2012, unlike in previous years. Complaints included cases of verbal as well as physical harassment.

The number of complaints involving sexual abuse is high and "every complaint is serious," said a senior IDF officer. But she added that relative to the size of the military the number is not out of the ordinary.

An analysis of all complaints reveals that most were reports of inapproporiate behavior by soldiers. Most of the commanders implicated in the complaints were junior commanders who harassed female soldiers.

A military physician serving in the reserves was suspected in 2009 of sexually harassing and assaulting female soldiers at a basic training camp. The soldiers had said the physician asked them to undress during medical examinations and then proceeded to touch them inappropriately.

Doctor illustration.Credit: Kalkala

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