Disturbing photos have been released showing a female RAF recruit being made to undergo a horrific, sexually-charged ‘initiation’.
Rebecca Crookshank was just 21 when the photos were taken, showing her being thrown around and grabbed by her male colleagues at RAF Mount Alice in the Falklands.
The men in the photos are all completely naked, with nothing but rubber gloves covering their genitals.
Footage also shows male recruits referring to her as ‘pussy’ when she tried to film her cat on the base.
Now aged 36, she has released the images to show the extent of the sexual abuse and harassment female soldiers and cadets are subjected to in the military.
She was the only woman among 28 men at the base in 2001.
Rebecca, from north London, served in the RAF for four years after joining at the age of 17, and was posted to RAF Mount Alice for four weeks 16 years ago.
She said that when she first arrived at the base, she was greeted by a row of men with their buttocks exposed.
‘It was the beginning of a dark time,’ she told the Mirror.
Rebecca also said that corporals would have sex with their young female trainees – which, she said, was ‘scary’ for girls who were then 16 or 17.
When she made a formal complaint about it, an interview was conducted in her bedroom.
‘I felt violated, it was inappropriate,’ she said. ‘I was told that if I kept quiet, I could have a ride on a Tornado F3 plane. I was young, and I accepted it.’
However, the damage had already been done to the young woman’s love of the air force, and she left the RAF shortly afterwards.
Now Rebecca dedicates her time to fighting sexual abuse in the military. She even used these images from the base in her 2015 one-woman play, Whisky Tango Foxtrot.
She told MailOnline: ‘The abhorrent behaviour I experienced in 2001 may be a long time ago to some but it has had a huge impact on my life and I will not be silenced.
‘If one other human being reads my story and finds the courage to speak out about their personal experience of abuse in the military or any workplace for that matter, then together we can move closer to a change in behaviour, zero tolerance of injustice, a positive shift in the face of adversity.’