Reason CO of RAF Halton refused to investigate a complaint of the rape of a male 16 year old Apprentice in spring 1970 and said that the RAF did not hold records.

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Jonathon Carr-Brackenbury

Dear Ministry of Defence,

I reported a complaint to the CO of RAF Halton in Dec 2011 that I had been raped by 2 apprentices and that 2 NCOs covered up the rape in 1970. Her response was that she would not order an investigation into the matter as there were no longer any records held on the individuals concerned. Since her refusal Thames Valley Police in conjunction with the MOD SIB have begun an investigation and acknowleged (as I already knew) that there were extensive records available within both the MOD(RAF) and RAF Halton. Thames Valley Police quickly established that one of the NCOs was now deceased and are looking for the second. The 2 apprentices location in Zambia is currently being looked into.
Why did the CO of RAF Halton so quickly (in conjunction with senior officers at RAF High Wycombe) dismiss my complaint and refuse to act?
Why does the rape of a 16 year old apprentice in 1970, whilst I was a minor under the care of the MOD, not matter?
Why does my 41 years of suffering from PTSD not merit at least an apology from the RAF or an acknowlegement ?
What does the MOD intend to do to rectify the matter and to force the local Health Authority to comply with the requirement under the Armed Forces Covenant to provide priority treatment for the PTSD caused by me service in the RAF?
What recompense will the MOD be prepared to offer to offset my 41 years of a ruined life?

Yours faithfully.

Air-DRes Sec-ParliBusiness (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Jonathon Carr-Brackenbury left an annotation ()

After 5 months the MOD RAF Halton has finally given Thames Valley Police a small amount of information which TVP will now use to look for the persons who commited the rape 40 years ago and those RAF personnel who threatened the victim to keep quiet. Thames Valley Police have advised me that there has been and continues to be a cover up in place and suggested a civil action for damages would be appropriate in order to force the MOD to release more information. There is now a growing body of anecdotal evidence that there was widespread abuse at RAF Halton throughout its existence as a Training Establishment from at least the 60s to the close in the 90s and possibly still as the RAFs primary Recruitment Training Centre....see Youtube videos under RTC Halton.

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