ADF grappling with sex abuse claims: Four Corners

The Australian military is struggling to deal with the growing number of abuse allegations.
The Australian military is struggling to deal with the growing number of abuse allegations. CPL Glen Mccarthy

THE Australian Defence Force is still struggling to deal with torrents of sexual abuse claims, according to an investigation by ABC's Four Corners to be broadcast tonight.

It has been two years since the infamous "Skype Affair" pushed Defence Minister Stephen Smith to demand the ADF deal with the extent of the abuse within its ranks.

According to Four Corners, a rush of complaints came in, creating new issues for the military's top brass.

In tonight's coverage, reporter Michael Brissenden investigates how after being inundated with shocking allegations, ADF may have protocols for compensating victims but what do they do to the abusers?

A filing cabinet filled with abuse allegations has been dubbed the "chamber of horrors" in military circles, containing complaints from cadet accusations of sexual harassment and assault.

Many of these contain allegations against trainee officers who are now senior officers.

The independent taskforce looking into these claims has now handed more than 60 allegations to police and identified the alleged abusers, but it is unclear if it is capable of dealing with the perpetrators.

One officer told Four Corners only a Royal Commission could hope to root out sexual abuse behind the closed doors of Australia's military institutions.

Four Corners airs Monday June 9 at 8.30pm on ABC1.

Topics:  abuse adf sexual abuse

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