A female cadet was filmed secretly having sex before being broadcast on Skype and seen by a group of her male colleagues, a ruckus is heard.
A young female Australian Defense Force cadet was filmed having sex in secret as her male colleagues watched from another room, the Royal Commission in Defense and experienced suicides have heard.
Former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick told the commission that the intimate encounter was broadcast over Skype from the ADF Training Academy in Canberra.
Ms Broderick said the female cadet had consented to have sex with the male cadet, but had not been informed that she was being filmed.
She told the commission, “What the female cadet didn’t know—so without her consent—was that the act of consent was being broadcast via Skype to a group of men in a nearby room.”
While the incident in question took place in 2011, the commission heard on Friday that abuse and unfair treatment of women in the ADF continues.
Alexandra Shehadi, who in 2012 led the Australian Human Rights Commission’s review into the treatment of women in the ADF, said she had received “thousands” of evidence from women who experienced sexual abuse, exclusion, bullying and harassment while serving their country .
Ms Shehadi said, “Women at ADF told us that women who had been harassed or sexually harassed experienced anxiety, depression, feelings of fear, lack of self-esteem and confidence, relationship dysfunction or break-up. Used to do.”
“We’ve actually heard from some people that they’ve experienced suicidal thoughts, or were actually suicidal.”
Ms Shehadi said women in the ADF were often too afraid to speak up about these incidents, noting that the victims of abuse and abuse in the ADF were often the victims, not the perpetrators.
“These experiences had a muted effect, because reporting simply was not an option,” she said.
“(Women) believed that it would adversely affect their careers, lead to exclusion or harassment by their peers and their leaders.
“They often leave ADF, are transferred from their base, or take time off for extended periods.”
Ms Broderick said while progress has been made in improving the attendance and treatment of women in ADF since the 2011 incident, the industry still has a long way to go.
“(ADF) is still a male dominated environment,” she said.
“Most organizations such as the military and national institutions are male dominated because they were invented by men, for men, and are still largely run by men today.”
Ms Broderick said the ADF needs to continue working towards a fundamental structure and culture change to make the Defense Force a safe and respectful place for women to live and work.
“Those (military) organizations are recognizing that women are now half of our country’s talent,” he said.
“But women are being brought into organizations that are not necessarily structured in their mind.
“Without the active and deliberate involvement of women, the system will unintentionally exclude them.”