Professor of Gender and War. University of Sydney

The Australian Defence Forces Urge Victims of Assault to Come Forward

SUMMARY: The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce has called for woman assaulted at ADFA to come forward, with the deadline extended to September 15 2015. Robert Cornall, head of the taskforce, has publicly stated that 55 women have lodged complaints about abuse at ADFA, including sexual assault and misconduct, doubling the 24 cases known about in the 1990s. The Labor Government set up the taskforce as part of a wave of reforms to the Australian Defence Force’s culture, and was always focused on ADFA assault claims. The taskforce has referred 201 cases to the police, and a further 131 to the Chief of the Defence Force for possible “disciplinary or administrative action,” and has also made nearly 1700 reparations payments of up to $50,000.

SOURCE: David Wroe, August 12 2015, ‘women victims of military academy abuse urged to come forward,’ The Sydney Morning Herald,

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