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Outrage over Germaine Greer's 'UK soldiers raping in Libya' remarks

June 11, 2011 - London

Germaine Greer infuriated military leaders after claiming that British troops might rape women while at war in Libya.

The feminist was branded a disgrace after she suggested that highly-disciplined UK ground forces would commit acts of appalling sexual brutality if deployed to the North African country.

"Rape is always present where you have slaughter and you don't have to have a government fiat [decision] to do it. One of the interesting things you might ask about what happens if we send in ground troops is how will we be sure they won't do a bit of raping in their turn?" the Daily Mail quoted her as telling BBC1's 'Question Time'.

The 72-year-old also complained that claims of Gaddafi handing out Viagra to spur on attackers were 'completely demented'.

"I think in this case one of those legends is going to appear about the hated enemy. All soldiers in certain circumstances will rape regardless of whether they are ours or theirs or whoevers," she added.


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