The ADFA should change its name to the ARFA

The Aussie papers are now full of stories about the stuff that has been going on at the various Australian Defence Force Academies.

It started with a first-year female cadet going public after a consensual sex session with a fellow cadet was broadcast by him to another room full of his mates. Charming. I can only hope that young women now will ‘sweep the room for bugs’ before engaging in sex with dudes – you just can’t trust them at all.

Then another former female cadet who was raped whilst she was at one of the ADF Academies, and was told by her commanding officer to “suck it up”.

Several other women have come forward telling of their assaults/filming, from as far back as 1989.

Even a male has come forward to say he was raped by three others at another academy 22 years ago.

Of course, it is only dudes doing all this raping and filming, and the majority of the victims are female. I am sure that more victims will come forward.

Males are not safe to be around, especially if you are female, but even if you are male.

The Australian Defence Force Academy should therefore change its name to the Australian Rape Fest Academy.

8 thoughts on “The ADFA should change its name to the ARFA

  1. FAB Libber

    In Joan Smith’s book “Misogynies” she writes about the rapist/misogynist mentality of military dudes.

    Funny story, it was the book I was reading on the train going to an activist meeting quite a few years ago, and Joan Smith was on the panel. I should have gotten her to sign it – I just did not think about it at the time – doh!

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  2. FAB Libber

    Holy shit, look at this article:
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/failed-by-the-system-the-cadets-true-story/story-fn59niix-1226036287047

    Commodore Kafer assured Kate that she had the support of ADFA staff. Kate nodded. In her meeting with him on Tuesday night, she says, the ADFA boss told her she “needed to think about how (the media exposure) would affect” the young men involved in the Skyping incident.

    Kate tells me Commodore Kafer told her that his concern was not just for her welfare but for theirs. Further, Kate maintains that during that conversation, Commodore Kafer said “he’d like me to address my division (of cadets) because they’ll be angry”. Specifically, she says Commodore Kafer said “it might help if she apologised (to her classmates) for bringing the division into disrepute by going to the media”.

    She dreaded having to do this but early the following morning, she fronted up before her division.

    The assembled cadets were first told by an officer present that because of the media attention, journalists would be hanging around outside the academy and they were not to say anything.

    During this address, one cadet yelled out “name and shame the dirty slut”. Other cadets took up the cry, yelling “Do it!”

    The officer present cancelled Kate’s planned address, fearing the cadets’ mood was too volatile.

    So, she the victim in all this, is ‘a dirty slut’ and is the one ‘bringing the division into disrepute’. What the fuckity fuck fuck. No wonder she felt she had to ‘go outside’ with all this, given the reception she got. How about the dudes who filmed/watched the illegal viewing get a bit of the ‘disrepute blame’?

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  3. ball buster

    I saw a television show about a year ago, about a woman that was the victim of human trafficking, who was filmed while being raped – and her assailant took frames where the sex *looked* like it was consensual to extort her to sell her body.

    This was before the age of google. Can you imagine what it’s like now, for young impressionable women who go home with a great guy they’ve dated, all to find out he’s got his computer on filming the whole fucking thing? AND distributing it all over the internet? Once it’s on the net, it’s there forever.

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  4. FAB Libber

    I kind of hope that YW will become wary of dating and sleeping with dudes, due to the dudes’ behaviour in this area, particularly the videoing thing.

    But then again, it seems dudes can get away with just about anything, including rape, and no-one judges them harshly (except the victims).

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  5. FAB Libber

    At least the idiot commandant who disciplined the victim has been ‘asked to take leave (and probably won’t return)’.

    Graduates deny culture of sexism at ADFA

    The Australian Defence Force Academy’s Graduates Association has rejected claims of a culture of sexism inside the academy in Canberra.

    The assertion comes after Defence Minister Stephen Smith announced a series of inquiries and reviews into the culture of the Defence Force.

    Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick will conduct a wide-ranging review into the way women are treated at ADFA and will also review strategies for encouraging women into Defence leadership.

    The inquiry follows allegations that video of a consensual sexual encounter involving a female cadet at the college was transmitted, without her knowledge, to other cadets via Skype software.

    Mr Smith says the inquiry will be the first step in bringing about cultural change at ADFA.

    Graduates Association spokesman Steve Rohan-Jones says the current media coverage of the allegations is lacking balance.

    “The culture of ADFA and Defence is sound,” he said.

    “The people that graduate both previously and that are about to graduate from ADFA are of very high quality.

    “Certainly we have received comments from graduates indicating they are very frustrated at the coverage which is being provided at the moment.

    “I think there needs to be a balance in the way that we are looking at the issue. Both Defence and ADFA have good processes in place to deal with inappropriate behaviour regardless of who the party might be.”

    Opposition defence spokesman David Johnston says inquiries are pointless unless they are binding.

    “These inquiries come and go. Defence often rejects the recommendations,” he said.

    “What I would have liked to have seen is the Minister and the Chief of the Defence Force say they are bound by the recommendations. That is a very important omission in this.

    “Every time Defence gets into trouble there is a review. When on Earth will there be some action taken?

    “It’s all very well to have a review and let the dust settle and hope things die down, but the fact is change, material change and tangible change, has to take place and Defence has been loathe to do so.”

    The Academy’s commandant, Commodore Bruce Kafer, has been ordered to take leave during the inquiry into ADFA’s handling of the Skype incident and is unlikely to return to the position.

    Mr Smith is standing by his criticism of Commodore Kafer for disciplining the cadet on unrelated charges.

    “If I had been silent on that, my very strong view is that the Australian community would have thought nothing had changed in the Australian Defence Force when it came to the treatment of women who were potentially the victims of serious sexual abuse,” Mr Smith said.

    But Australia Defence Association spokesman Neil James says Mr Smith has gone too far and should also be investigated.

    “Unless it can also include the possible abuses of authority by the Minister, it won’t be an adequate inquiry in the long run,” he said.

    Mr James says legal experts belonging to his organisation say it was an abuse of ministerial authority.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/11/3188449.htm

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  6. FAB Libber

    Two cadets charged over sex filming

    TWO military cadets engaged in a calculated plan to entrap a fellow cadet into a filmed sexual encounter, and then lied to investigators to cover it up, police have alleged at the pair’s first court appearance.

    The allegations were heard only hours after police executed early morning arrest warrants on the men, first year officer cadets Daniel McDonald, 19, and Dylan De Blaquiere, 18, at their rooms at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.

    Police allege they are the main players in the Skype scandal, which sparked an outpouring of anger against Defence when the female cadet, who was filmed having sex on March 29 and cannot be named, went public about the incident.
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    Defence Minister Stephen Smith responded by announcing sweeping reviews and reforms of military culture, which have strained the government’s relationship with top Defence brass.

    The two cadets were charged with using a carriage service to offend and McDonald was also charged with committing an act of indecency without consent. That charge carries a maximum penalty of five years.

    The charges relate to the allegation that McDonald broadcast a consensual sexual encounter with the female cadet to the room of de Blaquiere, where he and five other cadets were watching on a laptop.

    In a document tendered by police yesterday, it was alleged that McDonald and the alleged victim, an 18-year-old air force cadet, agreed to become ”friends with benefits” and to meet at McDonald’s room for sex. Police allege McDonald told de Blaquiere about the planned encounter and several hours before it occurred, de Blaquiere sent a text message to McDonald: ”I just had a f—in sick idea pop into my head, f— her n film it,” it read.

    McDonald also had a Facebook chat with another friend, Tim Hazlett, during which he wrote: ”I’m about to root a girl n have webcam set up to the boys in another room”.

    ”Oh friggen hell is she aware of this or not”, Mr Hazlett asked.

    ”Nope,” McDonald replied.

    But when McDonald was interviewed by a Defence lawyer two weeks later, he claimed he had told the female cadet he was going to broadcast the act, to which she had replied ”cool” or ”good”.

    ”He further stated that he believed that [the alleged victim] waved to the webcam as she left the room, and that ‘she was just playing to her audience’,” the police document stated.

    Both men were granted bail with several conditions during a short hearing at the ACT Magistrates Court yesterday. The conditions include not contacting the alleged victim or six cadet witnesses and that they report to police every Friday.

    The six cadets who were witnesses to the incident were named as Joshua Friend, Corey Parker, Damien Mahon, Jackson Fysh and two 17-year-olds who cannot be identified due to their age.

    One of the ACT police officers in charge of the investigation, Detective Sergeant Tony Crocker, confirmed that five of the six cadets were ”still under investigation”.

    http://www.theage.com.au/national/two-cadets-charged-over-sex-filming-20110429-1e0v6.html

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  7. Mary Sunshine

    Why is the public all upset about the ADFA? It’s not the military culture, it’s male culture.

    Everybody knows that. So why stumble around playing stupid?

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