Australian Defence Force faces a mass of sexual abuse lawsuits
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Thecould face a class-action lawsuit in light of recent allegations of a male cadet broadcasting himself having sex with a female cadet to six other cadets at the .
This move is in light of similar investigations taking place in other branches of the defence force including the navy where a man told the Vietnam Veterans Association he was beaten repeatedly on the HMAS Leeuwin during the 1970's. The beatings included being sexually abused with a mop handle according to the man. Advocates believe that the recent sex scandal could result in 'hundreds' of other victims coming forward.
Senator Nick Xenophon has called on Foreign Minister to make inquires into the sexual nature of the ADFA a priority of the government. Mr. Xenophon is also considering a class action on behalf of all victims.
Both the VVA and Mr. Xenophon have called on other victims to come forward.
- "Australian military faces 'mass class action.'" — , April 16 2011
- Brad Crouch. "Fast track defence sex inquiry: Xenophon" — , April 16 2011