CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – The Australian Defence Force is under attack, but it appears that this time, it’s an inside job.
New reports up from the land down under say as many as 220 children at the navy’s West Australian navy base were victims of rape and abuse, and that more than 70 male and female cadets at the Canberra academy were also victims.
These latest incidents apparently occurred in the 1980s, and are in addition to a major scandal that has rocked the Australian military in recent years.
The government set up the Defence Abuse Task Force in 2012 to look into what turned out to be more than 2400 complaints of sexual attacks in the military dating back to the 1960s.
So far, the Australian government has paid out $15.6 dollars to more than 330 victims.
The latest accusations may be handled as special cases since the victims were 15 to 16-years-old at the time. And the top brass don’t want to seem like they’re turning their backs on children they should have protected.