An ex-private says he attempted suicide several times after his complains about being bullied were ignored by the army.
Joseph McCabe is taking civil legal action against the Ministry of Defence for its alleged failure to act, the BBC reported, as well as appealing against a decision to deny him financial compensation. He said:
I'm still having nightmares, I'm still having flashbacks. If I could I would lock myself up in a box and just hide away. But if I do that it's like I'm letting those people in the Army win so I have forced myself to take up a new career, to rebuild my life.
He said that he received death threats and was stabbed in the leg at the height of constant abuse centred on his stutter but that officers laughed off the threats and no-one was punished. The Ministry of Defence responded:
Whilst we can't comment on individual cases, we can be clear that the armed forces have a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of bullying, discrimination and abuse.
All allegations will be fully investigated either by the civil or the military police and appropriate action will be taken.
Children bullied during their early years are up to three times more likely to self harm than their class-mates when they reach adolescence, a study by King's College London, has revealed.
According to its findings, around half of 12-year-olds who subject themselves to deliberate injury were frequently picked on.
The research, which has been published in the British Medical Journal, also showed victimised children with mental health difficulties and those from troubled families were at greater risk of resorting to destructive behaviour which could have serious long-term effects in later life.