Sexual misbehaviour in the Australian Defence Force

Angela Williams, David L Ranson

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It is clear from recent media reporting that serious issues have come to light regarding sexual misbehaviour matters within the Australian Defence Force. Subsequent reviews have indicated that these behaviours appear to have been more widespread than the initial media reports suggested and a number of reviews have been undertaken to better understand the problem and address the concerns of victims, Defence command, government and the community. If these problems are not addressed, there is a risk that recruitment to the Defence Forces may become problematic. The strong command structures within the Defence Forces can both exacerbate these misbehaviours through entrenching secrecy and at the same time have the capacity to provide a powerful leadership message that can change attitudes and reduce such misbehaviours
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262 - 264
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Law and Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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