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1934 - DUTIES OF CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS - REGULATIONS
It is the duty of ... - to keep himself informed of any cause of complaint or dissatisfaction among the men - ensure that order and regularity are preserved in his vicinity among those men
Navy Regulations 1934 - ADF FICTION!
These Regulations must be FICTION, because this site shows the brutal REALITY - Incidents of abuse up to the present day...
MANAGEMENT AND REPORTING OF UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR
Everyone in Defence is required to be treated with respect, fairness and without harassment.
Current day standards of behaviour
Q. IF the ADF's values/standards where adhered to, HOW can so many incidents of ABUSE occur?
A. Same as back in 1934 - ADF FICTION!
Read on, REAL stories - REAL victims..
1913 - ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE DUNTROON
(less than 2 years after opening)- Bastardisation of new officer cadets - "The human sacrifice was frog-marched stark naked by two stalwart seniors...A mixture of tar and treacle was painted on him from head to foot,after which a bag of flour was emptied over him,squirted with the stream from a two-inch fire hose..was carried out with the full knowledge and tacit acquiescence of several of the officers
1914 - TORRENS ISLAND P.O.W CAMP S.A
At a time when approximately 10 per cent of South Australias population was of German descent, the Torrens Island Concentration Camp was created to imprison those who were seen to be a threat to the nation. In his diary, Mr Bungardy wrote of prisoners being prodded, occasionally stabbed with bayonets, and regularly hearing warning shots fired over their heads. The two were reportedly tied to trees and flogged 20 times each with a cat-of-nine-tails. Mr Bungardy also wrote of a prisoner being stabbed several times and another shot in the leg.
1948-82 - BALCOMBE - ARMY APPRENTICE SCHOOL
Evidence to the commission about their experiences of "severe" sexual abuse, including fondling of genitals, forced masturbation and anal penetration with an object, such as a broomstick. The abuse was perpetrated by senior apprentices and, in some cases, staff members.Juniors were also subjected to "bastardisation" such as being made to "run the gauntlet" during which they were punched and kicked.
1951 - RAN CRIB POINT RAPE
A MAN who was raped and tortured after he joined the Navy as a 13-year-old boy has begged the government to avoid exposing thousands of abuse victims to a gruelling Royal Commission. John Atkins was systematically abused from when he joined the Royal Australian Navy as a cadet at Crib Point in Victoria in 1951.
1954 - ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE DUNTROON
He was 16 when he marched into the Royal Military College Duntroon on a frosty morning in 1954....Now he's 75 and his eyes brim with tears as he relates how that dream turned into a nightmare of brutality that haunts him still...his..ordeal at the hands of older cadets who quickly turned from comrades to tormenters.
1960-1984 - HMAS LEEUWIN
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) knew or ought to have known that, for decades, hundreds of young boys enrolled in a defence training school were being physically and sexually abused ? often by staff ? a major inquiry has found....more than 200 cases of abuse
1960-1984 - HMAS LEEUWIN
One cadet told how he was raped with a broomstick, while others told how they were held down and had their genitals punched and fondled or smeared with boot polish. Xxx Xxxx, now 68, told The West Australian how he had been gang raped by a group of older cadets at HMAS Leeuwin at the age of 16 in 1965.
1960-1984 - HMAS LEEUWIN
Abuse of recruits at the former HMAS Leeuwin base was widespread and the Navy failed in its duty of care.The commission's findings contained in its report into the Australian Defence Force (ADF) come after it heard evidence of forced sexual activity and violent assaults, which sometimes resulted in serious injuries.
1964 - HMAS LEEUWIN
He wrote letters home, begging for his mother to get him out of HMAS Leeuwin naval base..he wrote that he could not go on living..ran away, across the Nullarbor, only to be caught and returned to the base and dishonourably discharged.
1964 - HMAS LEEUWIN
Bob Green is a survivor of abuse, and has spoken up about the culture of fear and bullying at HMAS Leeuwin. One junior recruit who joined the navy in 1963 was attacked in the toilets, pushed to the ground, gagged with human faeces wrapped in paper, urinated upon and sodomised with a mop handle.Older recruits dished out regular beatings.
1965 - NAVY ABUSE SURVIVOR TELLS
A SUNSHINE Coast man still lives with the scars of his tormented past after he was exposed to gross mistreatment during 12 months as a recruit at the Australian naval base HMAS Leeuwin. There he endured months of unrelenting physical and sexual abuse and crippling fear that have marked him to this day. Fifteen-year-old kids signed up for the navy. What they got was a war zone, Mr Norley said.
1968 and 20120615 - DEFENCE VICTIM SPEAKS OUT - AM-ABC
"One morning, fairly early in the morning, I was dragged from my bed by six or eight people. I was dragged out the back to the outside shower. I was stripped naked. I was bumped a couple of times. They threw me naked under a cold shower, scrubbed me down with a brush broom. And then somebody stuck the broom handle in a very embarrassing and inappropriate place shall we say. (Pause) Um, yeah".
1969 - ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE DUNTROON
Gerry Walsh - History lecturer at RMC Duntroon, blows the whistle on bastardisation of officer cadets at Duntroon in 1969
1970 - HMAS NIRIMBA - NAVY APPRENTICE SCHOOL
- A man has detailed how he tried to end his own life after being raped repeatedly as a Navy apprentice in Sydney.He was frequently raped by two men in the early 1970s,sometimes as often as once a week, leaving him with injuries to his backside.
1971 - HMAS LEEUWIN - RAPKE REPORT
Witness told Judge Rapke that Junior Recruits suffered:sexual assaults by ...senior to them ...and this took many forms from simply forcing tubes of toothpaste up the back passage, blackballing, forcible sexual rape, and forcible unnatural acts. ...also heard evidence of injuries including black and split eyes, facial lacerations ...required stitches, concussions, broken thumbs and collarbones, fractured jaws and noses, dislocations, smashed teeth, abdominal injury and paralysis
1972 - BALCOMBE - ARMY APPRENTICE SCHOOL
A promising young musician who was abused when he was a 15-year-old army apprentice says he had to work alongside his tormentors until he was medically discharged....rifle bayonet being unsheathed and the scabbard was pressed against him..He was stripped and painfully assaulted...too scared to report it
1973 - HMAS NIRIMBA - PAEDOPHILE CHAPLAINS
Pritchard trial 1993 Convicted of four charges of acts of indecency on a naval cadet while he was serving as naval chaplain at HMAS Nirimba at Quakers Hill. Pritchard trial 1997 Pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 6 teenagers and a 21-year-old man who were considering vocations between 1973 and 1992 Sweeney pleaded guilty to indecent assault on 18 year-old naval apprentice.
1973 - ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE DUNTROON
I STILL have nightmares about January 16, 1973, the first day I entered the Duntroon cadets' mess...The "fresh meat", the new intake of first-year cadets...Every fourth class, without distinction, suffered bastardisation...psychological and verbal degradation and intimidation. To the extent that it had a sexual character it was not about sex: it was about humiliation
1975 - AIR CADET LEADER SEXUALLY ABUSING MALE CADETS
A MARTIAL arts instructor and former air cadets leader has been jailed for four years after being convicted of sexually abusing four teenage boys in the 1970s.He was a member of the RAAF reserves until 1978.The court heard the boys, aged 13 to 15 years, were systematically corrupted for Wickson's sexual gratification which included offences of touching, oral sex, masturbation and indecent photography.
1980 - ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE DUNTROON
...bastardisation was of course part of the DNA of RMC...institutionalised, unofficially sanctioned school-boy bullying..) is so diametrically opposed to the standards, ethos and essence of what a military leadership training institution purports to be inculcating in its trainees.In my view it costs so much more than it yields, and without a doubt white ants rather than strengthens the moral fibre and world view of our future leaders. "
1983 - ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE DUNTROON
As a senior cadet at Duntroon in 1983, xxxxxx was one of a group that allegedly ordered junior cadets to stand to attention and salute to commemorate Hitler becoming Germany's Chancellor on January 30, 1933. When one defiant junior cadet refused to stand at attention in honour of Nazis, Mr xxxxxx allegedly let other senior cadets to abuse and punish him.
1987 - ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE DUNTROON - JULIAN KNIGHT - ABUSE INCIDENTS
Incident 1 February 1987: leaps and jumps incident Incident 2 17 March 1987: Bishing incident Incident 3 15 May 1987: Hallway Incident Incident 4 Mid-May 1987: Parade Rehearsal Incident Incident 5 30 May 1987: Bayonet Incident Incident 6 30 May 1987 Hallway Incident Incident 7 30 May 1987: Incident with Corporal Thompson Incident 8 30 May 1987: Incident with Staff Cadet Everingham Incident 9 30 May 1987: The first Private Bin incident Incident 10 31 May 1987: second Private Bin incident
1987 - HODDLE ST MASSACRE
Julian Knight - Hoddle Street massacre(result of bullying at Duntroon)In just 38 minutes the 19-year-old failed (and bullied) army officer candidate fired 200 rounds of high-grade ammunition, killing seven people,wounding a further 19 and nearly shooting the police helicopter out of the sky."
1987 - DUNTROON CADET RELATES
I resigned in disgust five months in after being betrayed by my assigned mentor, a serving Captain.But the crap at Duntroon was not worth it. I lost respect for the training, the NCO's, the officers, the commanders, the Army. One of the cadets in Kakoda Company that was assigned to my section was Julian Knight. But Julian was abused from his early training. I believe because his immaturity and them misreading his keeness made him a target of the bullying culture at Duntroon. More than most cadets, he was ridiculed, harassed, persecuted, tormented and ostracised by the more senior cadets, and especially by the big and bulky Kakoda Company head cadet sergeant.
1989 - ADFA - 'CULTURE OF ABUSE 20 YEARS OLD'
I was about to lose my innocence at the hands of the Australian Defence Force.What followed was a descent into a world of bullying and harassment that few outside the defence forces can imagine....physical, sexual and psychological abuse I was subjected to...Shortly after I was attacked, the same gang attacked and gang-raped a female cadet in my division.No one was charged and nothing was done about it. One of the perpetrators said openly that "she was a drunk slut, she had it coming". That person is now a senior officer in the ADF.
1990 - HMAS ALBATROSS - DEFENCE ABUSE VICTIM SPEAKS OUT
A former sailor from HMAS Albatross in Nowra who says she was gang raped two decades ago, is urging other victims to put forward their submission to a national inquiry looking into abuse in the defence forces.
1992 - HMAS SWAN - SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Sexual harassment, HMAS Swan August 1992 Two years after women were integrated into the Australian armed forces, a female medic made serious allegations of sexually assault by a male officer. He was court-martialled and acquitted, but soon two other women came forward with claims of harassment and discrimination. There was a public outcry.Amid heated debate, the ADF launched an inquiry. It found that levels of discrimination were no higher in the armed forces than any other workplace, but that traditions and behaviour in the previously all-male dominion of the armed forces had to change.Source: http://www.news.com.au/news/australian-defence-force-scandals/news-story/2f963221eee6f430f23f5043469cc562
1990s - ADF - HISTORY OF HARASSMENT
Naked submariners on the deck of HMAS Onslow were smeared with food and beaten by shipmates.
1997 - ADF - SEXUAL ABUSE STATISTICS
Defence Force chief John Baker admitted sexual harassment was unacceptably high after a survey found 41per cent of women and 12per cent of menclaimed they had been harassed.
1998 - ADFA - GREY REVIEW
The Grey Review uncovered high levels of sexual abuse, harassment, bullying and assault at the academy and a toxic culture of silence, tolerance and inaction among cadets and staff.
These damning findings should have been enough to shock the Australian Defence Force into action.
Certainly changes were made but as the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce reported just last week, none had any lasting effect.
Instead, the taskforce uncovered a sick and broken system, one with an ingrained culture of institutionalised cruelty that has been allowed to flourish unabated for decades.
1998 - ARMY MAJOR FOUND GUILTY OF TORTURE
Army major found guilty of ill-treating an inferior.The Court found that in 1998, while on duty in Malaysia, Major Xxxxx engaged in acts of bastardisation - that included tying up and blindfolding a junior officer, and subjecting his victim to some 15 hours of interrogation.
2000 - NAVY DRAGGED FEET ON BULLYING CLAIMS
A navy lieutenant, Ms Wiggins says as a cadet she was groped by her instructor, who twice tried to break into her cabin.
That was in 2000, when a powerful ally, HMAS Stirling's executive officer, Lieutenant Commander Robyn Fahy, took up the case. Ms Fahy was subsequently removed from her post on the basis of a medical report damning her mental health.
21/08/2000 - 3RAR BRUTALITY
One of them tapped him on the shoulder and told him to defend himself. When he refused, the punishment beating began anyway.inquiry launched into the brutality of one of Australia's elite fighting units..a raft of charges against 14 men, some senior officers. ...witnesses and victims reluctant to talk because of loyalty or fear of further retribution..the unit's ground rules..."If you catch anyone thieving you should beat them to within an inch of their lives"one company sergeant major allegedly told a 3 RAR parade. "Drag them bleeding in front of my desk and nothing will be said about your actions."
19/12/2000 - 3RAR RACISM
website photograph for the world to see of the Neo-Nazi hate rock band 'Blood Oath' giving a Nazi salute. Three of the band being former soldiers in 3RAR..it's unconfirmed whether the soldiers were linked to reports of bashings, bastardisation and illegal punishment dished out to 30 soldiers between 1997 and 98"
10/01/2002 - HMAS ARUNTA - SAILORS IN ISLAND BAR RAMPAGE
Drunken sailors from an Australian navy warship are facing criminal charges after an investigation uncovered antics including allegations of sexual assaults, indecent exposure and nude bathing. Senior officers charged with covering up the scandal.
27/08/2003 - ARMY SCHOOL OF INFANTRY
An injured trainee soldier hanged himself after enduring a culture of "denigration and harassment", a damning internal army investigation has found.Releasing the results of an investigation that acknowledged a culture of institutionalised shame and bullying,"
16/11/2003 - ARMY - SUICIDES
The Coroner is already examining the cases of two young soldiers who hanged themselves at NSW military bases this year(2003)..An Army spokesman said there had been five suicides at the Holsworthy Barracks since 2000.Angry families of suicide victims and former military personnel claim there have been cover-ups, secrecy and lack of action over bastardisation and abuse."
10/04/2004 - DEATH BEHIND THE LINES
The body of John Satatas was found with a rope around his neck barely 50metres from the accommodation block where he lived at Holsworthy army barracks, west of Sydney. When found, he had the words "Spic" and "Spiros" inscribed on his face in what appeared to be felt-tip pen. The outline of a beard and moustache was also drawn on his face. Unofficially, his death was said to be suicide, but the army has yet to release findings from its internal board of inquiry.
03/03/2007 - ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE DUNTROON
An internal army survey revealed a culture of bastardisation at Duntroon-Racial stereotyping-Use of vulgar language.."put your wanking wrench in the air"-Women risking dehydration rather than going to the toilet(no privacy)-Assaults, including one instance where a warrant officer threw a rock at an officer cadet -Officers calling cadets dogs"
22/07/2008 - ARMY - LAVARACK BARRACKS
A soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder was hospitalised after his superior officers allegedly abused and humiliated him, threatened him with jail and "treated him like a dog".
21/06/2009 - DEFENCE LOSES $15m FIGHT
THE Department of Defence has settled one of its longest-running, most contentious and costly legal disputes with a former Royal Australian Air Force officer it sacked for suffering depression. After a decade-and-a-half of legal action costing taxpayers an estimated $15 million, Defence has finally made a generous settlement with former Wing Commander Russell Vance.
05/07/2009 - HMAS SUCCESS - 'CASH FOR SEX LEDGER'
SEVERAL male sailors have been counselled and sent home after a ledger surfaced recording bets on how many of their fellow crew members they could sleep with.Dollar values were placed on the female crew, with higher amounts to be won if sailors had sex with a female officer or a lesbian.
04/04/2010 - HMAS SEX-CESS
A Commission of Inquiry in Sydney investigates allegations of drunken, predatory sexual behaviour, harassment and intimidation of female crew of the supply ship HMAS Success.The ship's commander, Captain Simon Brown, told the inquiry that, after transferring the sailors, he told senior crew ''the ship is broken'' and its ''rotten core'' needed to be removed.
25/04/2010 - ARMY - LAVARACK BARRACKS
An Australian Army captain allegedly pulled rank, pointing to insignia on his clothing, and ordered a lower ranking female private to walk into a park on Anzac Day where he sexually assaulted her, a court martial has heard.
02/07/2010 - ARMY - LAVARACK BARRACKS
FOUR soldiers investigated over alleged alcohol-fuelled attack on a female officer in their barracks....a major drinking culture at the barracks....suspected involved sexual assault, because she feared it was deliberately being kept quiet by the Defence force.
04/12/2010 - NAVY - GARDEN ISLAND DRUG RING
Raids by ADF and state police..reports that sailors were selling drugs from the Garden Island naval base on Sydney Harbour.The investigation came after it was reported that dozens of sailors could be be involved in the trafficking ring,which had the potential to become one of the military's worst drug scandals.
25/02/2011 - HMAS SUCCESS - GYLES REPORT
In a hard-hitting report, Judge Gyles concluded that this was a pivotal event in exposing a toxic culture on HMAS Success whereby a group of senior sailors engaged in predatory sexual and drunken misconduct, protecting themselves through mutual silence and intimidation.Air Chief Marshal Houston cites two key issues - leadership and booze.He said the bulk of problems on Success stemmed from leadership failure.
06/04/2011 - ADFA - SKYPE SEX SCANDAL
A female Australian army cadet has claimed that she was filmed without her knowledge while having sex with a young army recruit, who broadcast the footage live over the internet to his friends.
14/04/2011 - ADF - HOMOPHOBIC SOCIAL MEDIA
The scandal surrounding a homophobic Facebook page which outed gay ADF personnel has deepened with the Star Observer obtaining videos which were placed on the page.In one titled The Poofter Club Massacre,...The video finishes with the slogan sodomy doesnt pay and poofters how do you kill yours?Other videos posted on the Facebook page contain homophobic attacks on an ADF staff member and the Australian Second Commando Regiment in general
16/04/2011 - ADF HOMPHOBIA - THREATENED VIOLENCE
The email arrived in Major Paul Morgan's restricted Defence account in March last year..."if I find you Paul in the wrong place at the wrong time I will break every bone in your homosexual body." ''If the weather permits it I will cut your homosexual carcass into one hundred pieces to feed you to the marine life in Botany Bay. There isn't a square inch of Australian soil that is safe for you Paul because its [sic] only a matter of time before I find you in the wrong place at the wrong time.''
02/05/2011 - ARMY'S ROTTEN SEXISM
New scandals have again exposed the extreme sexism in the Australian military. Jasmine Ali looks at whether promoting more women into combat roles will make any difference Defence minister Stephen Smith has launched a flurry of investigations in the wake of new scandals exposing the rampant sexism within the Australian military.
00/08/2011 - HMAS NEWCASTLE - AUSTRALIAN SAILORS IN COURT OVER RUBBER CHICKEN SEX ASSAULT
Four Australian sailors were allegedly involved in a bizarre farewell ceremony in which a colleague was sexually assaulted with a rubber chicken..instead of some harmless fun, he was allegedly stripped and tied up in front of other sailors and his genitals and buttocks painted in a substance which he believes was a mixture of Deep Heat and Vegemite.He was then assaulted with the rubber chicken..
09/09/2011 - ADFA - MALE CADET FILMS FEMALE CADET IN SHOWER
International Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) cadet Obaid Fayyaz, who is charged with committing an act of indecency after he allegedly used a hidden camera to film a female cadet while she was showering.
11/10/2011 - DLA PIPER REPORT
Following the so-called "Skype incident" at the Australian Defence Force Academy in April 2011, the Minister for Defence, the Hon Stephen Smith MP, announced an external review of allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence. - 847 individual complaints - and this was only those who knew about this short review and were COURAGEOUS enough to expose themselves to attack and ridicule!
10/12/2011 - NAVY COMMANDER AWAITS VERDICT ON SPANKING COUNTS
THE court martial investigating allegations a naval officer aboard an Australian warship repeatedly spanked the bare buttocks of a junior female sailor has retired to consider its verdict....he bent the woman over his lap and spanked her, instructing her to undress, in nine separate incidents during 2010.
12/01/2012 - ADF HIT BY NEW SEX SCANDAL
The Australian military was rocked on Thursday by a new sex scandal, including allegations of assault, child porn, rape and drug-dealing within its ranks. Documents obtained by Channel Seven News under the Freedom of Information Act detail what it called "ongoing, often major, breaches of discipline in Australia's armed forces". Among them, alleged sexual assaults on HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Diamantina have been referred to police.
23/01/2012 - RUNNING WITH A PACK OF WOLVES
Abuse in the military: running with a pack of wolves - "I was called things like ho, front bum, whore, slut, useless sheila and the word starting with 'c' that I don't say. There were times when I was threatened with physical violence."Corporal X claimed to have endured daily bullying in the ADF for nearly a year. The bullies, X said, "were trying to get me to put my discharge in".
29/02/2012 - AUSSIE SOLDIERS - SOCIAL MEDIA ABUSE
Over 1000 serving and former soldiers from the Royal Australian Regiment have been busted for partaking in an offensive closed Facebook site which features consistent comments and images denigrating women, Muslims and other targets.Lowlights of the posts include pictures of drunk women passed out with the comments: She looks a little used to me.; Which woman isn't. Women are variously described as "filthy, lying whores" while Muslims are referred to as ragheads that should be shot.
06/04/2012 - RMC DUNTROON - SOLDIER TO FACE RAPE CHARGES
ANOTHER sex scandal has rocked the ADF, with a 23-year-old soldier yesterday arrested over the alleged rape of a 21-year-old woman at the army's elite Royal Military College, at Duntroon in Canberra.The man was known to the woman and allegedly entered her residence within the grounds of the elite officer training college before 2am and sexually assaulted her before fleeing, police said.He was found by detectives and military police about 5am and taken to the ACT watch house. At 2pm he was formally charged with two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
13/05/2012 - ARMY SUED ON GAY HATE SCANDAL
VICTIMS of a Facebook hate page that exposed and threatened gay members of the Australian military have launched legal action over the army's handling of the scandal.Former soldier....created the page to expose serving and past members of the ADF for being ''bum bandits''. The page had links to violent and pornographic YouTube video clips showing homosexuals being executed.
11/07/2012 - PAYING THE PIPER
Yesterday the Minister for Defence Stephen Smith released the DLA Piper Report of allegations of sexual and other abuse in defence to the public.It is, for the most part, an incisive and detailed account of military culture. A portfolio of accounts of abuse, systemic dysfunction, a culture of non-reporting, and a massive failure of duty of care. All bound in a cloak of secrecy. One word: culture.
12/07/2012 - OUR MILITARY HAS TARNISHED ITSELF
described frankly his training, at Royal Military College Duntroon in 1968, as bastardisation - Bastardisation taught me things about myself..he also added: ''Not everyone survived unscathed'' Thousands were less fortunate ..entrenched sadism has left a terrible legacy..suffered or were at risk of mental illness caused by their abuse within the military
13/07/2012 - SENIOR DEFENCE OFFICER: WHAT I DID WAS BASTARDISATION
I dont remember being an instigator, but I was most certainly a co-conspirator. It was pack mentality and I regret the behaviour. I look at it now and I cant reconcile the behaviour of me and people around me.On reflection, if I couldnt tolerate it myself, why did I let it be done to others? . I look at what was happening, some of those horrific acts, slowly watered down over time, but still horrific acts.
26/11/2012 - GOVERNMENT APOLOGISES TO VICTIMS OF ADF ABUSE
DEFENCE Minister Stephen Smith has made a parliamentary apology to victims of sexual and other abuse within the Australian Defence Force (ADF).''To those men and women in the Australian Defence Force or the Department of Defence who have suffered sexual or other forms of abuse, on behalf of the government I say sorry,'' he told Parliament today.''You should never have experienced this abuse.''
26/11/2012 - DEFENCE ABUSE RESPONSE TASKFORCE (D.A.R.T)
The Taskforce was established to assess and respond to individual cases of abuse in Defence, occurring before 11 April 2011. This means that the fundamental work of the Taskforce was to determine, in close consultation with complainants, the most appropriate outcome in individual cases.The Taskforce received 2,439 complaints of which 1,751 were assessed as plausible and within scope
29/11/2012 - ABUSE IS INEVITABLE
Developing a culture that allows soldiers to kill is a central concern of military indoctrination.
But the ADFA's Dr James Connor says the problem for the military is that the cultural practices needed for effective fighting forces also create the conditions for abuse.
13/06/2013 - ARMY EMAIL SCANDAL
OVER 100 defence force personnel have been embroiled in a damning new scandal over the distribution of thousands of derogatory and explicit emails using defence computer systems since 2010...several female victims who were the target of "demeaning, explicit and profane" emails sent by male army personnel..
14/06/2013 - DAVID MORRISON - GETOUT! SPEECH
Army chief David Morrison has issued a stern warning to personnel after it was revealed that dozens of members were involved in the distribution of hundreds of explicit emails denigrating women.Three soldiers have been suspended and the Director of Public Prosecutions is considering a brief of evidence against them from the New South Wales Police. In a message to members of the army recorded on Wednesday and uploaded to YouTube, Chief of Army General David Morrison said there is "no place" in the army for members who "exploit and demean" their colleagues.
21/06/2013 - ADFA HIT BY NEW SCANDAL
AN investigation has been launched into alleged serious misconduct involving up to 20 cadets and midshipmen from the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra....had engaged in drunken stupidity and quasi-initiation rituals in and around a Canberra nightspot
22/06/2013 - ADF INVESTIGATION SERVICE SENT 'INSULTING AND HUMILIATING' EMAILS
THE Defence internal investigation service probing the army email porn scandal was itself busted last month for inappropriate email use after "humiliating'' a suicidal soldier scarred from recovering dead diggers' bodies in Afghanistan. The Inspector-General overseeing military justice also described the offensive emails by Australian Defence Force Investigation Service staff as "insulting'' after a complaint from the sick ADFIS investigator's wife.
03/07/2013 - 10 ADFA CADETS NOW SUSPENDED
A TOTAL of 10 future military leaders from the Australian Defence Force Academy have been suspended over their roles in the latest bastardisation scandal to hit the elite taxpayer-funded military university. Up to 20 cadets and midshipmen are under investigation over a series of incidents that culminated in a drunken pub/club crawl last month in Canberra by members of the academy's rugby and AFL clubs.
09/11/2013 - ARMY KICKS OUT SKYPE SEX SCANDAL MAIN OFFENDER
Former officer cadet Daniel McDonald has been kicked out of the army over his role in the Skype sex affair...the army had terminated his service following his conviction in the ACT supreme court...his conduct was "inconsistent with the values of the Australian Army".
15/11/2013 - ARMY SACKS 6 PERSONNEL INVOLVED WITH THE 'JEDI COUNCIL'
Six members of the Army have been sacked over a scandal involving the distribution of explicit emails that denigrate women. Army chief David Morrison released a statement saying the six men had been part of the so-called Knights of the Jedi Council group. Sacked soldiers range in rank from sergeant to major and were part of the so-called Knights of the Jedi Council
13/12/2013 - ADFA - 5 EXPELLED FROM ACADEMY
THE five army cadets who tuned into Skype to watch their mate have sex with an unsuspecting female cadet will be expelled from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).
09/06/2014 - ADF CHIEF CONSIDERS TAKING ACTION AGAINST OFFICERS ACCUSED OF SEX ABUSE
The Defence Force chief has been given the names of eight serving officers accused of sexually abusing cadets in the 1990s. The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce, being led by retired judge Len Roberts-Smith, is investigating more than 2,000 complaints of abuse dating back to the 1950s. Late last year, it completed its assessment of the so-called "ADFA 24" which involved allegations of rape at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in the 1990s.
11/06/2014 - HMAS BALLARAT - BIZARRE SEXUAL HAZING RITUALS
EIGHT crew members from HMAS Ballarat, the navys latest ship of shame, will be disciplined over bizarre sexual hazing rituals on the warship...eight who were at the centre of serious allegations that their shipmates were sexually assaulted with water bottles, carrots, bananas, pens and pencils.A whiteboard lid came off in his bum and that was the one who ran out screaming . . . because his bum was bleeding, she said.
18/06/2014 - D.A.R.T REPORT ON ABUSE AT HMAS LEEUWIN
Approximately 2400 complaints of abuse have been made to the Taskforce, 238 of which relate to alleged abuse at HMAS Leeuwin. The majority of these complaints relate to abuse alleged to have taken place during the 1960s and 1970s, and virtually all of the complainants were Junior Recruits who were 15 to 17 year old boys at the time.
19/06/2014 - HMAS LEEUWIN - TEENAGE RECRUITS SUFFERED HORRIFIC ABUSE
Teenage boys were subjected to an institutionalised system of horrific abuse at a former naval training base in Western Australia, a landmark report has found. The report into the HMAS Leeuwin base in Western Australia charts two-and-a-half decades of abuse that taskforce head Len Roberts-Smith says has ruined lives and left victims wrought by alcoholism, drug abuse and relationship dysfunction.
24/07/2014 - RAPER AND ASSAULT CLAIMS IMPLICATE SERVING ADF OFFICERS
More cases of rape and sexual assault in the Defence Force have been unearthed where the alleged perpetrators are either serving officers or working for Defence.One victim ...had a nasty reunion with a man she says raped her when she was a second-year ADFA cadet. She is one of the ADFA 24, a group of about two dozen cadets who were sexually abused at the officer training college between 1994 and 1998.
06/08/2014 - ARMY - LEADER OF 'JEDI COUNCIL' PLEADS GUILTY
A former army commando, allegedly the ringleader of the so-called Jedi Council, has pleaded guilty to three charges relating to sending offensive emails among a group of military personnel.The women did not know they were being recorded. They are victims here. They are not in any way shape or form part of what this group has done..386 dismissals in 2years
07/08/2014 - ARMY PUNISHES OFFENDERS
MORE than 160 Australian Army officers and soldiers have been punished for their role in the Jedi Council email network, in which women were filmed having sex and the images shared between the men.Ten others, ranging in rank from lance corporal to major...giving them a month to make the case as to why they should remain in the military.General Morrison, who ultimately made the decision to end their careers, had previously spoken publicly about the scandal, including describing the women involved as victims who have been targeted by these men.
26/11/2014 - D.A.R.T EXPOSES HORRIFIC ACCOUNTS OF ABUSE
DECADES of rape, abuse, harassment and a culture of violent hazing in the Australian Defence Force have been exposed in a shocking 370-page report released today.The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce report is not an easy read...revealed their suffering while serving in our Army, Air Force, Navy, and other Defence units.
27/11/2014 - A NEW REPORT REVEALS THAT 800 ALLEGED SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSERS STILL SERVE IN AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE
SENIOR officers are among almost 800 alleged abusers still serving in the Australian Defence Force and a royal commission is needed, the final report of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART) has found. The sobering document, tabled on Wednesday, details more than 2400 allegations of sexual and physical abuse in the ranks between the 1940s and today. The Army tops the abuse score sheet with 879 cases, followed by Navy and the RAAF.
28/11/2014 - DUNTROON FACTS
The government should resist calls to close the Australian Defence Force Academy in the wake of this week's powerful Defence abuse (DART) report.It's been widely reported that abuse complaints date back as far as the 1940s. But public scandals over abuse at the Royal Military College, Duntroon ADFA's main precursor date back to 1913.
07/02/2015 - PROSECUTOR BLASTS ARMY OVER HANDLING OF SEX OFFENCE
The Army's handling of a sex crime within its ranks has been slammed by the Northern Territory crown prosecutor, who noted the sergeant's superiors did not stop his behaviour. Former sergeant Shawn Macey, 35, indecently assaulted three women he worked with at Robertson Barracks near Darwin before he resigned in 2013. In one case, Macey grabbed the breasts of a pregnant woman sitting at her office desk.
07/04/2015 - RAN URGED TO TACKLE ICE PROBLEM AFTER DEATHS OF HMAS STIRLING SAILORS
THE RAN has a hidden culture of binge drinking and ice use that has resulted in the disturbing deaths of at least six young sailors.In the space of just over a year, three friends all bosuns from the Perth base HMAS Stirling hanged themselves....When he complained he was finding it difficult to work due to his hand injuries, his shipmates threatened to throw him overboard. The sailors RSL advocate, Brian ONeill, told the ABC the shipmates bullying was disgusting. They actually put him overboard hanging him up by his feet, he said
23/06/2015 - ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE DUNTROON - RAPE ALLEGATIONS
A mother said her daughter was an emotional mess after an alleged rape in a Duntroon dormitory.X is accused of ignoring the woman's requests to stop during what was initially consensual sex following Anzac Day celebrations last year. Instead, the Crown alleges he pinned the woman down, choked her, and continued the intercourse.
23/09/2015 - HMAS CRESWELL - ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
Every five months the freshest young naval recruits begin their careers at a small base in Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast.But leaked documents from the defence force reveal sex, sexism, bullying and harassment were also par for the course for the cohort of trainees on New Entry Officer Course (Neoc) 48. Those events led to a court-martial of one trainee over allegations he got into bed with two trainees on separate occasions without their consent.
24/09/2015 - HMAS CRESWELL - ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT SUPPRESSED
Senior military and defence officials suppressed allegations of serious misconduct and inappropriate sexual behaviour by naval officer trainees at a prestigious training facility, including one trainee who was court-martialled after he allegedly got into bed with another trainee while she was asleep.
19/01/2016 - DEFENCE HIT BY WAVE OF CLAIMS
More than 100 compensation claims for sexual and physical abuse stretching back more than half a century have been lodged against the Department of Defence, as it grapples with millions of dollars in legal claims the government says pose a potential fiscal risk.A lawyer handling many of the abuse claims has warned more may yet emerge, and says some victims are seeking more than $1 million in compensation.
03/20/2016 - ADFA - MAN FOUND GUILTY OF RAPING FELLOW CADET
A former Australian Defence Force Academy cadet found guilty of raping a fellow cadet in her room at the academy's Canberra campus has been sentenced to prison. The court was told how the woman, also 18, had vomited when staggering back to her room, and then fallen in and out of consciousness while Agresti raped her. When leaving the room he told the victim the incident was "our little secret", the court heard
17/05/2016 - INQUIRY INTO ADF ABUSE WILL HEAR SURVIVORS RECOUNT HARROWING TALES
THE Australian Defence Force was supposed to protect its young recruits. Instead, senior officers did the unthinkable. From the 1960s all the way through to the early 2000s, its believed ADF officers preyed on cadets. Victims claim they were told being bullied, bastardised and raped was part of being toughened up for service.
26/05/2016 - WAGGA SOLDIER CHARGED WITH RAPING RECRUIT
A soldier at the Kapooka army base has been charged with raping a female recruit on-base. According to police, the 20-year-old woman was in the laundry of the federal government facility between 6.30pm and 7pm when she was approached by a man on Wednesday night. He is accused of forcing her to the ground and sexually assaulting her before leaving the building.
22/06/2016 - ROYAL COMMISSION - FORMER NAVY OFFICER SAYS ABUSE 'SURPRISED AND HORRIFIED' HIM
Retired Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair - When it was put to him there were several more complaints of abuse from the time he was at HMAS Leeuwin, Retired Rear Admiral Sinclair said: "I'm appalled by it. I simply don't understand how it would happen, that they weren't reported."Earlier, ex-divisional officer from HMAS Leeuwin Geoffrey Edwin Curran, told the royal commission a sexual act as a "rite of initiation" was acceptable for junior officers who attended a Navy base in Western Australia.
23/06/2016 - ROYAL COMMISSION HEARS GRAPHIC STORIES OF RAPE, ABUSE
The commission has heard from 111 people who experienced physical, mental and sexual abuse within the ADF. Of those, 50 involved child abuse at HMAS Leeuwin and at Balcolme in Victoria. Thirty people are expected to give evidence before commissioners Justice Peter McClellan, Robert Fitzgerald and Professor Helen Milroy.Eleanore Tibble took her own life after being forced to resign from the Air Cadets following claims of fraternising with an instructor
23/06/2016 - ADFA CADET PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO RAPING FELLOW CADET
An Australian Defence Force Academy cadet in Canberra accused of raping a fellow cadet while she was sleeping will fight the charges.
24/06/2016 - NAVY ORDERS DECLARED HOMOSEXUALITY A 'DISCHARGEABLE OFFENCE' IN 1960s
Orders circulating in the navy in the 1960s describing homosexuality as a dischargeable offence could have prevented young men from reporting sexual abuse, a royal commission has heard.NB:A disgusting and often violent side effect of this policy was that young fellows wrongfully 'suspected' of being homosexuals, were often physically assaulted for little or no provocation!
25/06/2017 - NAVY ORDER - UNNATURAL OFFENCES
From 1966 the Navy employed a policy of discrimination against homsexuals. This subject was discussed earlier but the documented proof did not become available until the Royal Commission inot Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse
28/06/2016 - ROYAL COMMISSION
Members of the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) who challenged a "boys' club" management in an effort to protect people from abuse were "bullied or back-stabbed out of the organisation", a royal commission has heard."There is a bad culture in cadets, although there are policies in place, we simply refer to them as red tape,"
30/06/2016 - ADF VICE CHIEF APOLOGISES TO VICTIMS AT THE ROYAL COMMISSION
The vice chief of the Defence Force has apologised to victims of child sex abuse within the organisation, promising to implement sweeping reforms.Vice Adml Griggs said that both people and systems had let cadets down and placed others at risk."No one who pulls on the uniform of this country and no child who is under our care should ever have had happen to them what happened to you.""Anything that damages people physically, sexually, psychologically is simply not acceptable," he said.
18/07/2016 - ENOGGERRA BARRACKS ROCKED BY ONLINE SCANDAL
SOLDIERS have been caught posting vile rape memes on social media in direct defiance of the push by Defence bosses to shed the misogynistic image of the armed forces...postings, which contain references to sexual assault and racism, and include some which date back as far as 2013.
25/08/2016 - ADF ADMISSION SHUTS DOWN CASE TO RELEASE SEX-ABUSE REPORT
The Australian Defence Force has admitted liability in three child sexual abuse cases at HMAS Leeuwin, a legal manoeuvre that will keep secret the full 1971 Rapke report on mistreatment at the naval training base.
02/09/2016 - HMAS SUCCESS COMMANDER STOOD ASIDE
The Royal Australian Navy has stood aside the commander of one of its largest ships while it investigates an on-board complaint from a female officer.Defence is also examining separate claims that two other crew members from HMAS Success bashed a man unconscious during a port visit to Malaysia last month.
08/12/2016 - DEFENCE STILL FAILING VICTIMS
Degrading sexual, physical and psychological abuse was inflicted on boys as young as 13 in the Army, Navy and Air Force from the 1940s until at least the 1980s
It is a continuing disgrace that some of these victims are not receiving veterans' benefits to which they are entitled.
09/12/2016 - SEXUAL ASSAULTS RISING
Reports of aggravated sexual assaults within the defence force have also continually risen each year since 2012-13, albeit marginally, while reported acts of indecency are now at their highest level in five years.The navy and air force are failing to meet their female recruitment targets, despite a concerted effort from defence to improve its treatment of women.
30/03/2017 - SUICIDE RATES
The rate of suicide among current serving Australian defence force members is much lower than the general population, but higher for those who have left the force, particularly if under 30 years of age.....the ADF must improve the preparation it gives personnel for life beyond the ADF
17/04/2017 - NAVY ORDERED TO PAY COMPENSATION FOR CAUSING SAILOR'S SMOKING HABIT
Christopher Cooper began smoking shortly after he enlisted in the Australian Navy.
Mr Cooper lodged a claim for compensation in 2014, shortly before his death, stating his illnesses had been caused by smoking and exposure to passive smoking within a ship environment during his 23 years of military service.
25/04/2017 - WITCH-HUNTS AND SURVEILLANCE
Last year, I interviewed a man who had joined the Royal Australian Navy aged 19 in 1967, as Australias involvement in the Vietnam War escalated. He had a family tradition of military involvement,with a father who had also served in the navy, and he signed up for what was to be an initial nine-year stint.The mans military career came to an abrupt end against his will after six years of service in 1973 when he was discovered to be homosexual.He described to me a process of extensive interrogation by military police, his home being searched, his partner being intimidated and his ultimate discharge from the navy.
12/05/2017 - CLASS ACTION BY NAVY DIVERS
My clients' careers have been adversely affected, with many having received termination notices and black marks against their names after they reported the systematic abuse and a culture of barstardisation that they were subjected to by senior officers, Ms Foye told the Mercury.
20/06/2017 - CORONERS INQUEST - SCOTT JOHNSON
Soldiers training at the Army School of Artillery at North Head in Sydney used to brag about bashing gay men, an inquest has heard.
"They found a poofter to bash. And they were buying drinks because they'd been a success." The witness described how one soldier had bloodied hands where skin had come off his knuckles.
27/06/2017 - ADF - THREE ABUSE REPORTS EACH WEEK
AT least three reports of serious abuse in the Defence Force are being made each week to the independent complaints body for serving and former members. However, none of 26 earlier sexual abuse complaints the Defence Force Abuse Taskforce referred to Defence for possible discipline has resulted in an alleged perpetrator facing action, The Advertiser can reveal.
22/08/2017 - ROYAL COMMISSION REPORT - CASE STUDY 40 - DEFENCE
The Royal Commissions report of Case Study 40 The Response of the Australian Defence Force to allegations of child sexual abuse was released today. This report follows a public hearing held in Sydney in June and August 2016 which inquired into the experiences of men and women who were sexually abused as children in certain divisions of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
24/10/2017 - ADF PERSONNEL SPREAD ABUSE ON SOCIAL MEDIA - SNAFU
About 100 Defence personnel have allegedly been identified on a Facebook group on which material promoting domestic violence, rape and child abuse has been posted. Some of the material shared on the site carries misogynistic messages or cartoons and memes promoting child sex abuse.
01/01/2018 - SNAFU BACK IN BUSINESS
Christmas day 2017 the Facebook page SNAFU which had been reported in October this year, reopened for abuse as usual, after almost 3months of self imposed hibernation. The offensive rape and child material has disappeared but the sexist material still abounds!
19/02/2018 - RAN SAILORS SUE NAVY SAYING THEY WERE 'TRICKED' INTO JOINING WITH PROMISES OF TRADES
2015-16 - More than 200 sailors, some of them still serving, have joined a class action against the Royal Australian Navy alleging they were tricked into signing up for four years under false promises they would leave with a trade. But at the end of his four years he still had no qualification. He alleges the recruitment process was dishonest and the Navy strung him along with more empty promises.
February 2018 - A judge has labelled a navy contract as shoddy, a sham and "a delusion" in a civil case where more than 200 recruits are suing the Commonwealth claiming they did not receive promised training.
16/03/2018 - NAVY WARRANT OFFICER GUILTY OF SEXUAL ACTS OF INDECENCY
An Australian Navy warrant officer from HMAS Albatross is being escorted to Holsworthy Military Prison this afternoon after he was found guilty of seven indecent acts towards women between 2014 and 2017. Ian Harrison was working at HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay when he touched a woman's nipples and pinched another on the buttocks without their consent.
19/03/2018 - ADFA CADET FACES TRIAL ACCUSED OF RAPING STUDENT
An Australian Defence Force Academy cadet allegedly raped a Canberra university student after they began a consensual sexual relationship, a court heard on Monday. The student says she told the cadet what sexual acts she was not comfortable with and that he failed to respect her boundaries.
24/05/2018 - ADF - SHAME FILE SEX CRIMES
EXCLUSIVE: RAPES, revenge porn and child abuse are among dozens of alleged sex crimes involving Defence Force personnel reported in just six months. A shocking shame file obtained by the Herald Sun shows Defence members have also been investigated for groping colleagues, spiking their drinks and confronting them naked in the showers.
20180529 - NAVY - SAILORS HIT WITH ALCOHOL CRACKDOWN
The image of the "drunken sailor" will be targeted by the Navy with a crackdown on excessive alcohol consumption during shore leave. Recent incidents in overseas ports prompts Navy to issue fleet directive to sailors over drinking while on shore leave Directive will "severely restrict" sailors and will include curfews and mandatory breath testing Crackdown will apply to Navy personnel of all ranks Defence has confirmed the latest fleet directive follows "recent incidents involving a small number of Navy personnel in overseas ports".
08/06/2018 - CLAIMS OF ILLEGAL VIOLENCE BY SAS
An explosive confidential report commissioned by Defence contains allegations members of Australia's elite special forces may have used "unsanctioned and illegal application of violence on operations," facilitated by weak leadership and a perceived lack of accountability. According to a Fairfax Media investigation, the report says Defence insiders confidentially described a "disregard for human dignity" by some special forces soldiers.
11/06/2018 - DEFENCE INQUIRY UNCOVERS EVIDENCE OF POSSIBLE HOMICIDE BY ELITE AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN
A two-year-long investigation has uncovered numerous concerns about the conduct of Australian special forces in Afghanistan, including several incidents of possible unlawful killings.
14/06/2018 - NAZI SWASTIKA FLAG FLOWN ON AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE VEHICLE IN AFGHANISTAN
A leaked photo shows an Australian Army vehicle flying the Nazi swastika flag while on operation in Afghanistan. The photo, obtained exclusively by the ABC, was taken in August 2007. The photograph shows the large swastika emblem hoisted over an Australian military vehicle.
02/07/2018 - ADF HELICOPTER UNIT GROUNDED AMID 'COCAINE RING' ALLEGATIONS
An Australian Defence Force Chinook helicopter unit has been grounded, with up to 10 staff accused of running a cocaine ring. 9NEWS has confirmed the personnel from the Townsville base - including officers, aircrew, maintenance workers and a civilian employee - were busted in a targeted operation that started with a tip-off.
03/07/2018 - FIJIAN SOLDIER AT DUNTROON MILITARY COLLEGE IN CUSTODY AFTER ALLEGED RAPE
A Fijian soldier who had just graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon is behind bars after being accused of rape. Prosecutors have confirmed Samisoni Loloma Baikeitoga appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday, where he was charged with one count of sexual intercourse without consent.
2013 - 2018 - JEDI COUNCIL SCANDAL
This incident has been in the news since 2013 when -
"Over 100 defence force personnel have been embroiled in a damning new scandal over the distribution of thousands of derogatory and explicit emails using defence computer systems since 2010."
Lives and careers have been ruined by the fallout from this ongoing saga..
03/08/2018 - MELBOURNE PATRIOTS (ABUSE)
Well known and respected ADF abuse researcher Dr Ben Wadham is conducting a new study into ADF abuse.
While requesting potential participants for this approved research, he was attacked on social media by those who wish to keep the topic of abuse in the ADF, a closed subject.