The Royal Commission looked into the ADF sex scandal, a case which was heard on Tuesday. The hearing revealed that the cadets were not only raped during their training period at the naval base but were also forced to have sex with one another.
It was the first hearing held by the commission in Sydney. It focuses on the stories of people who had fallen victim to sex abuse. The survivors shared their experiences of abuse at Fremantle’s HMAS Leeuwin between the period 1960 and 1980. After Graeme Frazer shared the story of his stay at the naval base training unit and called it a “sheer hell,” another victim who suffered as a cadet made a shocking graphic revelation.
News.com.au reported that the cadet, named by initials CJA, was sexually abused by base staff when he joined the Navy at Leeuwin in 1967. He said that he was forced to have sex with other recruits on multiple occasions.
“On multiple occasions I was snatched in the middle of a night and dragged to a sports oval,” he said. “I was forced to suck another recruit’s penis or lick a junior recruit’s anus … Other times I was forced to have anal intercourse with junior recruits or I was raped by another junior recruit who was directed to do so by the older recruits or base staff.”
The commission heard about another victim Eleanore Tibble, 16, who was no more in this universe to address the commission. During the inquiry, it was mentioned that how she had to suffer when she joined the naval base in Hobart in 1999.
The counsel assisting the commission, Angus Stewart SC, found that Tibble’s case was a milestone for the hearing. Tibble’s mother, Susan Campbell, provided evidence that proved her daughter’s involvement in a sexual affair with an instructor, aged 30.
According to The Sun, Tibble was asked to resign by an officer or warned of dishonorable discharge from duties. She chose to take her life in 2000 following the ADF sex scandal as RAAF forgot to inform that she would not be charged for anything.